5/3/2010


Senator Tony Strickland Honors Special Needs Advocate as Woman of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2010
CONTACT: Sarah Walsh @ (916) 651-4019

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) announced Lori Boehm as the 19th Senate District’s Woman of the Year.

“I am honored to recognize Lori Boehm as Woman of the Year,” Senator Strickland said. “As a tireless advocate for individuals with special needs, Lori has made significant contributions to our community.”

Lori Boehm is the mother of two children, Genevieve and Nicholas. While Genevieve was born without any complications, Nicholas was born three months premature with spastic quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. As the mother of a special needs child, Lori had to learn first-hand how to steer through the maze of local, state, and federal government departments to ensure Nicholas received every opportunity he deserved.

Using her hands-on experience in navigating the complex network of government agencies, Lori became a professional Advocate for Special Needs. For the past seven years, Lori has worked in this capacity, assisting families and individuals as they work with agencies such as the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). From 2006 to 2007, Lori participated in The Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) Project, which is designed for individuals who want to become professional special education advocates. Since 2007, Lori has served as a board member of the Ventura County Autism Society.

Senator Strickland added, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to recognize Lori Boehm. The work she’s done for people with special needs is invaluable.”


Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.