Friday, October 22, 2010

Claire Padama named SVdP L.A. Council President


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Padama as the Council President, Board of Directors which became effective on October 1, 2010. Prior to Claire's new post, Mr. James Weiss had served as President, Board of Directors for two consecutive three-year terms, with his role concluding in September.

Prior to this new post, Claire has spent a lifetime of devotion to her church in service and has been committed to her charity work with the Council for 16 years. She has served many crucial roles in successful fundraising for the Council of Los Angeles as well as with various parishes to help the poor and fulfill the programs and mission of St. Vincent de Paul.

In addition to her new post as President, Board of Directors, Claire also serves as President of Our Lady of the Angels District, Chairman of the Conference Concerns Committee of L.A. for St. Vincent de Paul and has served as past president for St. Vincent de Paul's Our Mother of Good Counsel. She serves on many church related committees and is a member of the Los Angeles Voice as well as the Executive Director of UERMMMC Nursing Alumni USA and a board member of the UERMMMC Nursing Foundation USA, where she has also served as past president.

In 2007, Claire retired from her professional career to focus her efforts on her community and church leadership roles. Before retiring, she was a notable and honored success in the Skilled Nursing Industry. She has been awarded with numerous accolades for her leadership and entrepreneurial successes.

In the 1980s, Claire co-founded and oversaw 9 nursing facilities which eventually grew to 28 from Orange County to Fresno. She became an entrepreneurial leader in her field being recognized and honored with the Entrepreneur Award, Outstanding Filipino American Nursing Award as well as many other accolades and honors for her commitment to Nursing as well as her community.

Claire continues to be recognized as a community builder, successful entrepreneur and as well as a church leader where she has received Augustian recognition as an Affiliate Member of the Augustinian order and the Anima Una Award.

David Fields states, "As Executive Director of the Los Angeles Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, I speak for the entire organization's enthusiasm with Claire Padama's appointment as Board President. She brings a wealth of practical business experience to her new position. But more importantly, she brings 16 years of experience as a volunteer helping the poor and needy through the Society's good works. "

Claire in her new role will consult and oversee all of the Council's initiatives and programs. The Council's programs currently include supporting the less fortunate through 100-plus parish-based volunteer conferences in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, affordable housing in Los Angeles and Camarillo, the Cardinal Manning Center homeless shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles, a prisoner resettlement program in Los Angeles to assist paroled inmates, three thrift stores located in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard, an emergency winter shelter in West Ventura County and the Circle V Ranch Camp near Santa Barbara that serves hundreds of at-risk youth every summer.

For more information on the Society's Council of L.A. and its programs, please visit http://www.svdpla.org.

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