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We are pleased to announce our 2016 Honorary Chair
Shirley Nelson created and leads one of the most consistently highly ranked and highly praised independent banks in California. In 1982, Ms. Nelson and a group of investors created Summit Bank headquartered in Oakland, California. Summit Bank now has “three” branches (Oakland, Emeryville, Walnut Creek, California) and Ms. Nelson serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Bank and Summit Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Summit Bank.
Ms. Nelson’s long list of honors include being the first woman honorary deputy Sheriff in Alameda county in 1991, she received the Anti-Defamation League’s Civic Commitment Award and San Francisco Business Times’ Women in Leadership Award in 1998. She has been named “One of the 50 Most Influential Businesswomen in the Bay Area” since 1997 and was named Financial Woman of the Year by the Financial Women’s Leadership Association in 1997. Ms. Nelson was bestowed with the American Jewish Congress’ Community Service Award in 1993; the Heart Lung Institute’s “Lady with a Heart” Award in 1992; the Leading Women Entrepreneur’s Global Award in 1997 and the Girl’s Inc. Strong, Smart and Bold Award in 2006. Marjory Magner Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking Award in 2007, Oakland Legacy Award from Oakland Jobs & Housing Coalition, Kennedy Laureate Award from John F. Kennedy University in 2013, Community Banker of the Year in 2014, Women’s Hall of Fame Award from Alameda County March 2015, and Spirit of Hope Award from Cancer Support Community in 2015. She holds an honorary doctorate from John F. Kennedy University.
Ms. Nelson’s philosophy about civic commitment is exemplified by Summit Bank’s policy that every senior Summit Bank officer is required to serve on the board of at least one civic organization. She created the Summit Bank Foundation in 1998 and currently serves as the Foundation’s Chairman. Summit Bank Foundation endeavors to establish a thriving community, free of cancer and the burden of disease. Shirley was inspired by the tremendously skilled physicians at the UCSF Medical Center, who helped her win her courageous battle with cancer. Summit Bank Foundation prides itself in creating avenues for research, innovation, education and hope for the doctors, patients and the community who have been or will be affected by cancer.
Ms. Nelson resides in Alamo, California and has one son, Steven Nelson, Jr. who serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Summit Bank.
and we are proud to annouce our 2016
Brenda Carlson RN, MSN, is the highly respected Executive Director of Oncology and Specialty Services at John Muir Health. In this role she has passionately worked with dedicated teams of physicians and health care professionals to develop a comprehensive, regionally recognized, Integrated Network Cancer Program (INCP). As an INCP, John Muir Health is one of only two cancer programs in California accredited in this category by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)/Commission on Cancer (CoC) which mandates adherence to standards that ensure delivery of high quality, technologically advanced, patient centric care.
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (DE-SOWN-YAY) represents California’s 11th Congressional District. He was sworn-in as a member of the 114th Congress on January 6, 2015 and was appointed to serve on the Education and the Workforce and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
For more than 20 years, Mark has been a strong voice for reform and has developed a reputation for taking on the tough causes while seeking to make government more accessible and transparent to all Californians. He is a leader on issues of importance to working families including guaranteeing a livable wage, ensuring education is affordable and accessible, making investments in job training, and keeping good paying jobs here at home.
Prior to being elected to Congress, DeSaulnier served in the California State Senate where as Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee he fought for greater accountability on the state’s transportation infrastructure projects including the Bay Bridge, and was a strong advocate for safe and efficient transportation systems. He also founded the Select Committee on Excellence, Innovation, and Accountability in State Government as a means to examine the ways to improve state government to more efficiently and effectively deliver services to California citizens. Mark also served in the State Assembly and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee.
During his time in the state legislature, Mark championed issues that impact the most vulnerable populations of California, introducing legislation to support underserved, homeless, and foster youth, and founded the Ending Poverty and Inequality in California Caucus. He also fought to safeguard against corporate tax giveaways, to end prescription drug abuse, and to protect homeowners against foreclosure. He was a proponent of more stringent guidelines to prevent the use of harmful, toxic pesticides in schools, and worked to foster regional coordination as a co-chair of the Bay Area Caucus. From 2008 to 2014, during the time he was in the state legislature, 61 of Mark’s bills were passed and became California state law.
DeSaulnier served locally as a Concord City Councilmember and as Mayor. He was appointed to the Concord Planning Commission and was a member of the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Advisory Committee. While serving on the City Council, DeSaulnier was appointed to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, where he was re-elected three times. As Supervisor, he served on the California Air Resources Board, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Mark championed several local transportation issues including the Expansion of Highway 4, BART to eastern Contra Costa County, and the development of a fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, DeSaulnier earned his BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross. As a young man in Massachusetts, Congressman DeSaulnier worked for the Boston juvenile court, as a warehouse worker, and as a hotel services employee. DeSaulnier was a member of both the Teamsters International Union and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. In the early 1970s Mark moved to California. Over the next 35 years, DeSaulnier would own and manage several successful Bay Area restaurants. Mark has been a small business owner most of his career.
Congressman DeSaulnier lives in Concord where he raised his two sons, Tristan and Tucker. He is an avid runner and has completed twenty-one marathons.
Valery Uhl, MD is a Radiation Oncologist and IORT Specialist at Epic Care and Summit Medical Center. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County unit of the ACR and for 17 years has co-captained a San Francisco Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team with her Eagle Scout son, Tristan. Dr. Uhl is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
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