Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast
This event is now sponsored by the Community of Character with proceeds benefitting the Scholarship Fund. The Community of Character Collaborative will continue the tradition of recognizing community contributions with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy awards.
2022 Legacy award recipients:
James Paxon, General Manager of Hacienda Park, Vanessa Sinclair, Executive Director of Extended Day Child Care of Dublin, and Brenda Montgomery-Telfor, head of the Foster and Kinship program of the Pleasanton Unified School District.
2022 LEGACY AWARD WINNER - JAMES PAXSON
James Paxson has been employed with Hacienda for thirty-six years in various capacities and has served as its General Manager since 1995. He currently manages all programs operated on behalf of investors and owners of property within Hacienda including: Development and Planning, Infrastructure Management, Security, Transportation, Environmental Monitoring, Amenities and Community Relations. Mr. Paxson also serves on the boards of several local and regional organizations including: the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Leadership Council, Axis Community Health Center (currently serving as Chair), Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance and Three Valleys Community Foundation Advisory Board. Mr. Paxson has also served on and chaired: the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee, the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, the Alameda County Measure B Citizens Watchdog Committee (as an EBEDA Appointee), and the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Paxson lives with his wife of thirty-one years, Kathy. They have two children, Erin and Sarah.
2022 LEGACY AWARD WINNER - VANESSA SINCLAIR
Vanessa Sinclair is the Executive Director of Extended Day Child Care, which is a non-profit before and after school childcare enrichment program that focuses on nurturing and stimulating children's social, physical, and educational growth, all while offering high standards in safety and childcare. She oversees all nine Pleasanton and Dublin EDCC elementary school campuses that serve 1,080 students and their families.
Since January of 2020, Vanessa has been the Executive Director and is now in her 10th year of working at EDCC. She holds a Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Credential from Sacramento State University and obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership from Brandman University. Vanessa has worked in the education field for over 17 years, teaching English Language Development in Southern CA and 2nd grade in the United Arab Emirates before starting her career path at EDCC. Vanessa also acts as EDCC's Curriculum Specialist, a role she is truly passionate about. She has assisted in implementing STEAM education into EDCC's core curriculum as well as offering students choices, and encouraging youth voice. In her free time, Vanessa loves hiking with her husband and two dogs, as well as exploring what the Bay Area has to offer.
2022 LEGACY AWARD WINNER - BRENDA MONTGOMERY
Brenda Montgomery-Telfor began working as a Youth Development Specialist, advocating for the Foster and Kinship students and families for the Pleasanton Unified School District in November 2014. This position started as a brand new "grass roots" position and very quickly evolved. Within her tenure at PUSD, she has created several programs under the umbrella of the Foster and Kinship program assisting an average of 120 plus students and families each year, including but not limited to the CPR program, which is a College/Career Preparation and Readiness Program that helps students 6-12 grades navigate their way to readiness for post high-school and off to college and or a career of their choosing.
Brenda holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur and an undergraduate degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.
Brenda has a HUGE passion and affinity for helping the underserved to whom she can relate, due to having been born with a birth defect. Despite her challenges with bullying all throughout childhood and into high school, she has been able to overcome numerous obstacles and is now claiming her life's purpose which is to advocate and help those that are often overlooked as well as those that just need a positive boost.