DOWNEY - More than 100 classified (non-teaching) employees of the Downey Unified School District, along with seven retirees, were honored at the school district's personnel commission meeting May 15. Each of the workers were honored for their years of service to DUSD. Among those honoring them were commissioners Dianne Lumsdaine, John Kennedy and Steve Sampley; school board members Tod Corrin, Donald LaPlante, Barbara Samperi, Martha Sodetani and Nancy Swenson; and superintendent Dr. John Garcia.
Seven workers were honored for their recent retirements: Karen Charlton, Kevin Condon, Yolanda Peshkepia, JoAnne Sims, Gerald Starnes, Candy Thompson and Carolyn Tyler.
Employees were honored in 5-year increments of service from five years to 25 years. In all, the workers recognized at the presentation represented 1,305 total years of service to Downey students.
Employees recognized at the five-year service point were Marisa Aguirre, Annette Araujo, Alexis Basulto-Aceves, Marisela Blanchard, Esperanza Castellanos, Ana Ceron, Kathleen Child, Sussan De Matta, Noemi De Rocili, Judith Duprey, Gregory Edge, Davina Fernandez, Robert Fisch, Cristina Flores, Elizabeth Gallardo, Monique Garcia, Michelle Gil, Jim Gilbert, Vicky Gutierrez, Virginia Herrera, Krystal Keltner, Jose Leal, Ana Martin Del Campo, Laura McFadyen, Lubia Melendez, Ana Mendez, Angelique Moyes, Raymunda Nunez, Alfonso Padilla, Danielle Poindexter, Fabiola Robles, Patricia Schlittenhart, Lienell Spicer, Camille Villado, and Donna Villalobos.
Employees honored for their service at 10 years were Laura Alexander, Cynthia Andreasen, Quint Bromley, Geysell Cisneros, Angela Costa, Sandra Escobar, Celia Gonzalez, Florentino Guzman, Olvina Herrera, Pamela Hindman, Frank Hoover, Louis Jaurequi, Craig Karli, Christopher Nezzer, Bertha Nunez, Marco Perez, Karen Quick, Maria Quintana, Rosemary Ramirez-Sanchez, Roger Rendon, Janice Salas, Virginia Salazar, Patricia Sheek, Gerald Starnes, Patricia Strang, Nancy Villalobos, and Kathryn Wilcox.
Honored for 15 years of service were Nora Aguayo, Debbie Black, Kenyon Bracey, Rhonda Brock, Kathy Cooper, Diane De Anda, Paulina De Artola, Kathy DeBernardo, Marvin Dykes, Evelyn Ellis, Beverly Fox, Annette Gutierrez, Larry Herrington, Jorge Ibarra, Brenda Jeter, Larry Jeter, Melissa Long, Griselda Marquez, Patty McCaughan, Claudia Ramirez-Garcia, Julie Robin, Miguel Rosales, Linda Rounds, Edward Sandoval, Dale Schrudder, Diane Shaw, Joe Taracena, and Maria Topete.
Honored for 20 years of service were Maribel Alcazar, Dolores Chavez, Sally Goodwin, Leslie Gunther, Maria R. Lopez, Luz Perez, Maria G. Reyes, John Roman, Barbara Samperi, Patty Trejo, Barbara Westray, and Scott Zowada.
Honored for 25 years of service were Sarah Flores, Norma Garcia, Mary Lizotte, Rosendo Lujan, Sylvia Mendoza, Nadine Silva, Anthony Taylor, and Suzanne Trujillo.