Kathleen Perez, Downey
Kathy was born in Lynwood, but as a child always dreamed of living in nearby Downey. That dream came true when she settled in Downey in 1986. At that same time, she began her career as a teacher with the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. During her tenure, she has served on many committees, including the PTA board, School Site Council, and Site Leadership Team. Kathy has received awards including the PTA’s Golden Oak Service Award and the District Teacher of the Year in 2003. While she loves her school community, she also loves the city she has lived in all of her adult life. She serves on the board of The Downey Conservancy and is a member of the Downey Historical Society, Aerospace Legacy Foundation, Downey Sister Cities, and Downey Assistance League. With retirement looming in the near future, she looks forward to serving and preserving her dream city, Downey.
Diana Baliscao, Downey
Diana Baliscao is a senior at Downey High School who has embarked on a mission to end the Global Water Crisis. Diana has been an active volunteer in the Downey community for many years. Her passion for serving others is her greatest attribute. She has volunteered countless hours in the Downey High KIWIN’S Club and Thirst Project Club. Diana's dedication to service eventually elevated her to be Lieutenant Governor in the CNH KIWIN’S Key Club District in 2018-2019 where she devoted her year to raising money for the Thirst Project. Her division was able to raise over $15,000 and fully fund a well in eSwatini, which will support over 600 people to not have to walk 3.75 miles every day for 6-8 hours anymore. This year, Diana and the Thirst Project Club has set a goal to raise $24,000 to build two wells in a developing country.