2002 Recipients (current as of 2010)
· Haleh Badkoobehi · Gabrielle Falzone
· Vicky Gomez · Jennifer Pilor Ibardoloza
· Svetlana Lunskaya Vahab · Cesar Moreno


Haleh Badkoobehi

HALEH BADKOOBEHI, See 2003 entry (awarded a second New Leader Scholarship)
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Gabrielle Falzone

GABRIELLE FALZONE, 39, graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Classics. Using her own experience as a teenage runaway, she has been successful in developing programs for troubled homeless youth, incorporating her interest in Greek mythology as part of a successful outreach approach. She graduated magna cum laude, was admitted to Psi Chi, the Golden Key Honor Society and to Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to fostering three teens, Gabrielle received a Master's Degree and teaching credential from New College's multicultural teaching program. She taught at two different charter schools in San Francisco and currently is tutoring African American students in Oakland while taking classes at Berkeley Community College. This year, she is working at Making Waves Academy, teaching Ethnic Studies to 7th and 8th graders.
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Vicky Gomez

VICKY GOMEZ, 32, the single mother of a teen age boy, graduated from San Francisco State University with a double major in Health Science and La Raza Studies. As a single parent with obligations to her extended family, she deferred acceptance into graduate school. As these obligations lessened, she was able to return to school and is currently enrolled in the MPH Program at San Francisco State University. It is clear to her that she has found a field of study and work that is extremely meaningful.
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Jennifer Pilor Ibardoloza

JENNIFER PILOR IBARDOLOZA, See 2003 entry (awarded a third New Leader Scholarship)
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Svetlana Lunskaya Vahab

SVETLANA LUNSKAYA VAHAB, See 2005 entry (awarded a third New Leader Scholarship)
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Cesar Moreno

CESAR MORENO, 29, graduated from U. C., Berkeley in Political Science and History. As a young person growing up in the Bakersfield area, he and his family worked in the fields, which his mother continues to do. His background has strongly influenced his desire to become a political advocate for his community. Cesar was awarded a Social Justice Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center at Harvard University in their summer, 2002 program. He spent the following year in Spain and Mexico in the U.C., Berkeley Study Abroad Program. . Cesar has worked for the AFL-CIO as the Policy and Communications Analyst for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, based in Washington, D.C. Currently, he holds a position at the American Federation of Teachers in Washington in their Human Resources Division. Prior to that, he worked in Chicago as the Deputy Executive Director for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.
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