Talks about her early life in Fresno, moving to Del Rey and meeting Leon S. Peters when she worked at Chooljian’s Packing Company before moving to Fresno and working for Devlin-Drew. She discusses how Leon got started with and later purchased Valley Foundry & Machine Works.
Talks about growing up in Fresno and working in the family business and developing that further. He discusses his family history in the Fresno area, and talks about his father’s friendship with Leon S. Peters and being inspired by him and others to give back to the community.
Talks about being mentored by Leon S. Peters and his respect for all the Leon S. Peters Award recipients and being honored to be among them. He also talks about his parents and upbringing, serving on local, state and national educational boards, and the support his family has given him.
Talks about growing up in Kerman, attending Fresno State, joining the Marine Corps during World War II, working with Leon S. Peters on boards and committees, including the Fresno State Foundation Board of Governors and being honored to receive the Leon S. Peters Distinguished Service Award.
Talks about being born in Seattle and raised in Fresno, attending Fresno High School, swimming competitively in high school, serving in the Air Force, working for Shell Oil Company, and joining his father’s insurance company, Shepherd, Knapp, Appleton.