For over 40 years, M. Eloise Battle has devoted her time and passion to advocating for open space and parks in San Diego. She was instrumental in establishing Tecolote Canyon Park Assessment and served as Chair of Tecolote Canyon Citizens Advisory Committee (TCCAC.) In 1994 a Nature Center at the entrance to the canyon was completed. As part of a unique partnership with Kumeyaay descendants, she helped launch environmental programs available through the Nature Center. Ms. Battle chaired the Nature Center yearly event, Baskets and Botany, which celebrates the environmental and Kumeyaay connection in Tecolote Canyon. Though she resigned as chair of TCCAC in 2012, her passion for conservation, preservation and restoration continues today through her involvement in educational programs for school children. Because of her work and dedication people of all ages from this community and worldwide have been able to visit Tecolote Canyon and learn about nature. As a result of her ongoing efforts - Ms. Battle was the 2008 recipient of the Norma J. Sullivan Conservation Award from the San Diego Chapter of the Audubon Society. In 2012 a classroom at the Nature Center was dedicated in her honor.
Vickie E. Turner is a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP. Ms. Turner has participated in multiple forums, workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics, including, Effectively Developing and Managing Successful Business Relationships and Diversity in the Courtroom. She has also been named as one of Top 25 Outstanding Lawyers by the Daily Journal’s California Law Business. In 2010 she was instrumental in establishing a joint task force between Earl B Gilliam Bar Association, University of San Diego and Cal Western to increase the number of women and African American students pursuing law degrees. Throughout her career, Ms. Turner has received numerous awards and honors, including Women Who Mean Business award from the San Diego Business Journal, the Frederick Douglass Community Service Award by the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Women of Distinction award from Women’s Inc., Outstanding Trial Lawyer award from the San Diego Trial Lawyer Association, Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession award presented by the San Diego County Bar Association, Phenomenal Woman award presented by San Diego County Ethnic Minority Bar Association. She also was selected as one of California's Top Women Litigators in 2005 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.