Senator Andreas Borgeas has recognized Davena Witcher, Executive Director of AMOR – Alliance for Medical Outreach & Relief, as 2019 Woman of the Year in the 8th District. Witcher received the honor during a formal ceremony on the floor of the State Senate earlier today.
The California State Legislature annually honors one woman in each district from across the state for serving their regional communities with outstanding distinction.
Witcher has a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a background in neonatal and transplant services. She has served on AMOR’s Board of Directors since 2008 and has played a key role in the development of the maternal and child services that are provided at AMOR’s cornerstone project, a 100-bed hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Witcher is now bringing AMOR’s health and wellness model to the underserved community of Mendota, in western Fresno County. As part of AMOR’s collective impact model, Witcher has brought together dozens of community service organizations and health partners to bridge service gaps in this area of concentrated poverty.
The AMOR health and neighborhood resource center will provide Mendota and the surrounding rural communities with access to essential primary care, dental, youth and family services. The project is slated to break ground in May.
“Here in the 8th Senate District, we are incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people who do impressive things for our community and for the world. Davena Witcher is an exceptional woman who has dedicated her time to transform and save babies’ lives,” said Senator Borgeas. “I am proud to name her as my very first Woman of the Year, and I look forward to her continued success.”
“Senator Borgeas is a compassionate leader in Fresno County and fearless in his pursuit of addressing the inequalities that are a big challenge in the world and especially in our state. I am honored and deeply humbled by the recognition of Senator Borgeas on this day when women are celebrated for civic leadership. I look forward to continuing to work with him to overcome the challenges of poverty and lack of access to health care experienced in rural communities in his district,” says Witcher, the 2019 honoree.
The Woman of the Year celebration began in 1987 when the Legislative Women’s Caucus designated a day in March to honor women who are making a difference in their communities.
The event has become a meaningful tradition and an anticipated rite celebrating Women’s History Month in the California State Legislature.
Sen. Borgeas represents over 929,000 people in the 8th District which includes all or portions of the Central Valley, foothills, and mountain counties: Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne.
For more information about AMOR’s work visit www.AMORelief.org
Pictured left to right: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Senator Andreas Borgeas, AMOR Executive Director Davena Witcher, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove, Women’s Caucus Chair Senator Connie Leyva.
Pictured left to right: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, AMOR Executive Director Davena Witcher, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.