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Rep. Napolitano Congratulates Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana on Woman of the Year Award in Hispanic Business Magazine

April 28, 2010
Press Release

(Washington D.C.)- Rep. Grace F. Napolitano congratulated Assistant Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana on her recognition by Hispanic Business magazine as the 2010 Woman of the Year.

“I heartily congratulate Thelma on her well-deserved award and thank her again for her continued concern for our students,” Napolitano said. “When she was at Pomona Unified, her care and dedication gave us a dramatic turnaround in our schools and in the expectations for our children. Now her work in the Obama Administration continues to make us proud. All the awards in the world could not fully express the pride and gratitude we feel for Thelma and what she continues to do for our schools and our country.”

Melendez de Santa Ana served as Superintendent for the Pomona Unified School District before being appointed to her current position in the Obama Administration. Napolitano has been a long-time supporter of Melendez.