Community - March 17, 2010

People: YMCA honors outstanding volunteers

Three local residents were recently honored for their volunteer service by the YMCA.

The Palo Alto Family YMCA presented its distinguished service award to Judy Horst of Menlo Park. The Association Office of YMCA of Silicon Valley named Donald Lee of Portola Valley winner of its distinguished service award. Jessica Pulido of Menlo Park received the teen volunteer of the year award from the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA.

Ms. Horst is chairman of the Palo Alto Family YMCA board of managers. She recently helped develop the Cooper YMCA scholarship awards for college-bound students.

Mr. Lee has volunteered on both the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA board of directors and on the YMCA of Silicon Valley Association board of directors. He has served as fund-raising chair and worked on the association's Hispanic taskforce.

Ms. Pulido has prepared healthy snacks and led fitness activities for family nights at the East Palo Alto Y's welcome center. She has also served as a summer camp leader.

The YMCA of Silicon Valley serves nearly 190,000 members and includes 11 YMCA facilities and Camp Campbell, a wilderness camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Morris named to Humane Society board

Arlene Morris of Menlo Park has been elected to the board of directors of the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Ms. Morris is president and CEO of Affymax Inc. in Palo Alto, a 180-person firm conducting research and development in the field of therapeutic peptides.

She was CEO of Clearview Projects from 2002 to 2004. She earlier served as senior vice president of business development at Coulter Pharmaceutical.

Ms. Morris is a graduate of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended graduate classes in marketing and finance at Western New England College.


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