photograph of Kerry Puckett and Assemblyman Knight in the Capitol Rotunda.

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Assemblyman Knight (R-Antelope Valley) today honored Kerry Puckett as the 2010 Woman of the Year for the 36th Assembly District during a special Assembly Floor ceremony at the State Capitol. Kerry is an active member of the High Desert community where she is a First Vice President/Regional Manager for Desert Community Bank, a division of East West Bank.

“Mrs. Puckett is a great example of success in the Victor Valley. She is a dedicated professional and leader in her community where she continues to break barriers and open doors for women. It is an honor to recognize Kerry as a respected community member with the 36th Assembly District Woman of the Year Award,” Assemblyman Knight said.

Kerry started in the banking industry over 30 years ago and with hard work and sacrifice has achieved a high-level management position. Kerry’s accomplishments extend far beyond her profession; they begin in her home with her marriage of 32 years and two successful sons. Most recently, Kerry has challenged herself and achieved a new level of fitness engaging in extensive workouts and running ½ marathons.

“This is such surprise and an honor to be recognized by my legislator,” said Kerry, “I have raised a family in the Victor Valley and enjoy being involved in my community, regardless of accolades – but the acknowledgment is exciting.”

Held annually, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. Started in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month, the event has become one of the Capitol’s most anticipated celebrations of community service each year. Honorees are presented with a certificate from the State Assembly recognizing their outstanding contributions to their community during a special ceremony in the Assembly Chambers.

Prior to the ceremony, Assemblyman Knight joined Mrs. Puckett at a reception in the Capitol with fellow Women of the Year being honored by legislators throughout the state.

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