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Tanya Peebles-Hill
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Veronica Castro
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San Diegans Honored As Local Heroes

SAN DIEGO (February 15, 2011) -  As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity, Union Bank has again partnered with KPBS to continue the Cultural Diversity Partnership, a year-long program designed to celebrate local heroes who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. The 2011 expanded program will recognize and pay tribute to 16 San Diegans - active members of the community who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world.

The program kicks off with Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. The 2011 Black History Month Local Heroes are: Theophilus Alonzo Logan and wife Martha Nash Logan and Veverly Anderson. The 2011 Women’s History Month Local Heroes are : Kathi Anderson and Barbara Bry.

Throughout the year, honorees will also be identified during Jewish American Heritage Month (May), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month (June), Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October), Disability Awareness Month (October) and American Indian Heritage Month (November). The year-long celebration of diversity will culminate in January 2012, at an event where recipients will be formally recognized as part of the 14th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors. 

For each heritage month, KPBS and Union Bank are requesting community nominations. You may visit to submit a nomination.

"Union Bank is very proud of its expanded partnership with KPBS," said Pierre P. Habis, senior executive vice president and head of Community Banking at Union Bank. "The Local Heroes program has grown to reflect the vibrant and diverse communities we serve, and we are delighted to again partner with KPBS as we recognize the achievements of these outstanding individuals who have contributed so much to the San Diego community." 
"Year after year, KPBS has had the pleasure of partnering with Union Bank to meet and honor extraordinary individuals who live in our community," said Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager. "KPBS is proud to profile the honorees on all our media because their stories are inspiring and remind us of the local heroes who make a positive difference in our diverse neighborhoods."

The 2011 honorees for Black History Month are:
  • Veverly E. Anderson is devoted to bettering the lives and circumstances of underprivileged youth in the impoverished neighborhoods of southeast San Diego. Ms. Anderson is currently the community coordinator and youth program coordinator for the San Diego Community Housing Corporation and the Town & Country Village Learning Center, respectively. She has also made it her life’s mission to create opportunities that address the social and economic needs of children, their families and their communities. After 14 years with the military, Ms. Anderson also worked as an outreach specialist for the Black Infant Health Program/SDSU Foundation and as a parent educator for the Say San Diego Early Literacy Project.

  • Theophilus Logan has devoted his life to helping others. After serving in the United States Army for 20 years, Mr. Logan turned to his passion for real estate, helping buyers achieve what may sometimes seem an impossible dream of owning a home. Mr. Logan established Logan Real Estate in 1962 and in 1978, became the first African American president of the San Diego Board of Realtors. When he retired, his office became a landmark in the southeast community, where residents could seek advice and guidance regarding buying, selling and investing in real estate.

  • Martha R. (nee Nash) Logan was taught to focus on the needs of others by her mother and grandmother after the death of her father when she was a baby. Ms. Logan recognized a great need for legal counseling in her San Diego community, earned her Juris Doctor degree and in 1976, began practicing law with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens, and their assets, through estate planning and personal counseling. Ms. Logan is also a 60 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has been an integral part of its local service programs for over 30 years.

The 2011 Honorees for Women’s History Month are:

  • Combining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations and counseling, Kathi Anderson serves as the executive director and co-founder of Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). SURVIVORS is a non-profit agency that assists survivors of politically motivated torture, educates the public about the effects of torture and works towards the abolition of torture. Ms. Anderson also contributes to the San Diego community as a board member of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the San Diego Young Adult Symphony and the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs. She has also served on the national board of directors of Amnesty International USA.

  • Barbara Bry is an entrepreneur who uses her passion and business savvy to level the playing field for women and girls, especially in conventionally male fields. Her truly inspiring contributions have emanated from her involvement with non-profit organizations and the San Diego community. Ms. Bry is responsible for the foundation of San Diego Athena, the leading organization for local women in the technology and life sciences fields. She also supports her community by contributing to organizations such as Voice of San Diego, CONNECT, Run Women Run, Planned Parenthood, San Diego’s Jewish Women’s and Community foundations, Rotary Club 33 and Women Give San Diego.
Throughout the respective commemorative heritage months, KPBS will air video profiles of the winners, highlighting how they made a difference in their community. The spots can also be viewed on the Web at For more information on the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit

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