Tom Leatherman is currently the Superintendent at four National Park Service historic sites in the East Bay - Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, John Muir National Historic Site, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. He started his National Park Service (NPS) career in 1989 as an intern at Pinnacles National Monument. He went on to work in several parks in the West as a seasonal employee before getting his first permanent job back at Pinnacles in 1995. Years later, as the chief of natural and cultural resource management at Pinnacles, he was able to build a nationally recognized natural resource program, including the reintroduction of California condors and red-legged frogs. In 2005 he was selected as the superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site in the Eastern Sierra. He served in this position for three years before coming back home to the bay area (he grew up in Santa Cruz) to take the position as the Deputy Superintendent of the four historic sites in the East Bay. He was selected as the Superintendent of these sites in January of 2011. Tom lives in San Ramon and while not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and cooking.
Vera Chang Rowsey. First generation American. My parents met at International House on the U.C. Berkeley campus prior to WWII as foreign students. I have two degrees from U.C. Berkeley and was an elementary and secondary History teacher and an elementary, middle and high school administrator for the West Contra Costa Unified School District before I retired in 2011.
Nicholas Targ practices environmental and land use law with the San Francisco office of the international law firm, Holland and Knight LLP. His practice focuses on complex redevelopment projects, environmental compliance and government advocacy. Representative work includes strategic legal advice on brownfields redevelopment, Superfund compliance, environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and state and federal grant and policy advocacy. Mr. Targ has successfully advocated for infill funding and policy initiatives on behalf of public, private and nonprofit coalition clients.
Nicholas' grandmother, Dr. Regina Pustan, an immigrant, was a welder in the San Juan (Washington) ship yards during World War II. He grew-up understanding the critical importance of industry, labor and perseverance.
Before joining Holland & Knight, Nicholas served in leadership positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, including Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas also served in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, representing the Department on a wide range of natural resources, park system, and hazardous materials issues. While at Interior, he had the good fortune to work with National Park Service Director, Roger Kennedy, and Judy Hart, who managed the legislation establishing the Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park and later served as the Park's first superintendent.
Committed to service and scholarship, Nicholas co-founded the Howard University School of Law Environmental Law and Sustainability Program and taught environmental law and environmental justice as an adjunct professor. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at UC Hastings School of Law, teaching land use law. In 2013 Nicholas was recognized by the American Bar Association, with Environment, Energy and Resources Section "Dedication to Justice and Diversity Award."
Letitia D. Moore is a Senior Counsel with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ms. Moore is a former Mayor of the City of El Cerrito, California. Ms. Moore was also First Vice-President of the El Cerrito Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a Member of the Board of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund and the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) of Contra Costa County. Ms. Moore has also worked with the American Bar Association and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California to promote diversity in the field of environmental law. Ms. Moore holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (1986) and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (1989).
Lynne Horiuchi is an architectural historian who received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She taught for two years at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in the Department or Architecture and has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently writing a book, Dislocations and Relocations: Building Prison Cities for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II and editing a collection of essays with Tanu Sankalia on Bay Area development, Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island. She has published a number of articles on urban planning, low-cost housing, and community project development with a focus on art and architecture. She has been the recipient of a numerous prestigious awards such as The Bancroft Library Study Award from the University of California at Berkeley and the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Her professional experience is in environmental planning and engineering at Caltrans specializing in cultural resource management. In addition she has served on numerous community planning boards, and she has developed educational projects with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the California Council for the Humanities.
Diane Hedler, RN, MS, is National Director of Quality with Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente. Since 1988, Diane has held numerous positions throughout Kaiser Permanente. The scope of her current role encompasses working with senior executives and physician leaders in the eight operating regions of Kaiser Permanente.
Cathy is S.V.P., Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank and serves currently as Chair of the Finance Committee.
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For the workers at Standard Oil, Ford, Kaiser, and other industries in Richmond, the war years were not business as usual. They required everyone to do their best...and then do a little better. F.A. Smith, the manager of the Standard Oil refinery said, "The impossible we can do. Miracles take longer...but just a little longer."
Did you miss this year's Rosie Rally Home Front Festival? Check out these pictures and news articles!
Don’t miss this year’s Rosie Rally Home Front Festival! Once again, on August 11th, we will gather to celebrate the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, an icon for women across the world.
Join us for this free and family-friendly event for fun, festivities, great food, costume contests, dancing and more!
TIME: 11 am to 4 pm
DATE: August 11, 2018
LOCATION: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804
This year, instead of breaking the Guinness record, we encourage everyone to update Rosie or represent home front occupations in creative ways, or to come in traditional garb to join the largest Rosie celebration and festival yet! This year’s event will honor original WWII Rosies and home front workers and celebrate the ordinary people from many backgrounds, races and communities across the U.S. who stepped up to extraordinary challenges during WWII.
2018 Rosie Rally Home Front Festival will feature an exciting Costume Contest with 5 unique categories:
A grand prize Audience Favorite will be chosen from the winners of the contest categories above!
This event is a family celebration of the WWII Home Front effort, so we ask that you keep costumes G-rated and leave all battlefront paraphernalia (real or reproduction) at home.
Liz Etler will be joining us at 1:30 pm to give free swing dance lessons! Liz will be teaching the Lindy Hop along with other popular dance moves from the 1940's.
Karen Buchanan will be leading a history walk from the Craneway Pavilion to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in the Marina Park and back. Join Karen for a short hike and the a chance to learn more about the history of the Home Front! The Home Front History Hike will start at 2:00 pm and will meet by the Eucalyptus Tree in front of the Visitor Center.
This year we have a great lineup of talented local and international artists! We will be joined by: Janet Austin, Howard Wiley, Joe Orrach, Artemio Posadas, Valerie Troutt, Mitch Butler, and Berkeley Bluegrass Trio.
Admission to the Rosie Rally Home Front Festival is completely free!
Check back soon for further details!