Claremont Chief Vander Veen recognized by 41st assembly district

Claremont Chief of Police Shelly Vander Veen was recognized this week as one of the 41st Assembly District’s “Women of Distinction” by Chris Holden’s office.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Holden has selected women who are “passionate leaders who work to improve the lives of thousands of individuals throughout our district and beyond,” his office said in a press release.

Additionally, Beatrice Casagran, founder of Ophelia’s Jump and wife of Claremont Chamber Executive Director Randy Lopez was named for the city of Upland.

One woman from each city in the 41st assembly district will be recognized at an open house of Thursday, March 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Mr. Holden’s Pasadena office, 600 N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117. The program starts at 6 p.m.

Women of Distinction from throughout the district include Monica Hubbard (Altadena), Sabina Sullivan (La Verne), Christine Geltz (Monrovia), Dianne Cullinane M.D., (Pasadena), Diane Williams (Rancho Cucamonga), Laurie Brandler (San Dimas), Nancy Shollenberger (Sierra Madre) and Laura Farber (South Pasadena).

More than 70 nominations were sent to Mr. Holden for the honor. To RSVP for the open house, email


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