MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
Jody Jo Mize, KISS Country
Jody Jo has been the co-host of the Kiss Country Morning Show for 12 years, and has worked in radio since she was 15 years old. She is a breast cancer survivor and advocate for self awareness.
Jody Jo grew up in the valley and graduated from Clovis West High School. Now she is the mother of 3 beautiful daughters Taylor 27, Morgan 23, and Lauren who is 22. She is excited to be a grandmother to her 3-year-old grandson, Rowan, and one more grandson on the way.
Jody Jo loves to sing in the NorthPark Community Church choir and worship team and is an active volunteer with Fresno County Pink Heals and is a member of the Clovis Rodeo Association.
Margaret Mims, Fresno Sheriff-Coroner
Margaret Mims has been a peace officer since January l980. She was elected to the office of Sheriff in November, 2006, becoming the 25th person to hold that office in Fresno County.
She was the first female deputy sheriff Sergeant to supervise field patrol units. She was the first female deputy sheriff to attain the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Sheriff, and to be elected to the office of Sheriff in the history of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office which was established in 1856.
Margaret is on the Board of Directors of the Marjoree Mason Center, a local women’s shelter and is on the Board of Trustees for the Fresno County Boys and Girls Club. She has previously been on the Board of Directors for the Rape Counseling Service. She is a member of the Major County Sheriffs of America, California Peace Officers' Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association.
She is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, and has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University. She is a graduate of California POST's (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Supervisory Leadership Institute, a graduate of the Senior
Management Institute for Police coordinated through the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University and a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute.
After her 2008 breast cancer diagnosis, Sheriff Mims became an outspoken advocate for early detection.
Rhonda Murphy, RhoFit Personal Training
For over 35 years, Rhonda Murphy has been a top Personal Trainer in the Central Valley. Rhonda uses her knowledge and experience as a personal trainer, motivational speaker, and worksite wellness coach specializing in active aging to go above and beyond for her community.
Rhonda has been the Fitness Expert for the number one morning show ABC 30 KFSN for the past 25 years; you can join her every Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for her exercise segment Workout Wednesday.
We were all confronted with something we had never seen or expected in 2020. COVID was not only heartbreaking, but it was also terrifying for many small businesses, including Rhonda's; it took a village to keep the gym open. On top of that, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
With the support of the community Rhonda was able to keep moving forward, concentrating on exercise therapy in the fitness industry. “Just when everything seems to be on track, you'll get derailed,” Rhonda says, “That’s the reality of life. But it’s not how many times you fall that matters. What’s important is how many times you pick yourself back up and keep moving.”
Stefani Booroojian, KSEE 24/Buddy Check 24
Stefani Booroojian feels fortunate to be part of a rich broadcasting tradition in her hometown of Fresno, California.
Stefani currently anchors KSEE24 News at 5, 6, 6:30, & 11 pm. She brings award-winning experience with four Emmys, a number of Associated Press awards, and distinguished alumni honors from Fresno City College and Fresno State.
Stefani has enjoyed more than 40 years at KSEE. But she is most proud of the past 26 years, covering breast cancer-related stories for her BuddyCheck 24 program and most recent stories relating to her Armenian heritage.
While broadcasting is a large part of Stefani’s life, her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and two kids in a wonderful place called Central California.”
Courtesy of www.yourcentralvalley.com
Unfortunately Stefani will not be able to attend this event in person. KSEE 24 will be providing a video recording of her speech. This video will be posted to her website as soon as it becomes available.
Norene Foin is celebrating 22 years as a breast cancer survivor and feels deeply blessed and grateful, as the experience left an impact on her life that brought about many unexpected positive changes.
She is a classically trained pianist and professionally trained vocalist, and the former owner of Tyler Noren Music Studio in both Fresno and Los Angeles where she offered private piano & voice lessons and performance coaching for over 20 years. She is a professional performing singer/songwriter, having released 2 full length original music CD’s and performed with countless musical groups in both Fresno and Los Angeles over the last 40 years.
Norene has been a pianist for both auditions and rehearsals for Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Music Hall, acted as the director for 2 Vocal Performance summer camps in Los Angeles, and was a Music Specialist for Las Virgenes Unified School District as Director of the Choir Music Program in Calabasas.
She has been a church organist, church choir accompanist, praise team pianist and vocalist for numerous churches in both Fresno and Los Angeles over the last 30 years and is currently serving as the Contemporary Music Director for a Fresno area church.