The Woman of the Year award symbolizes excellence in philanthropy and community involvement. Our 2019 Woman of the Year is an individual who has volunteered her time and talent to make the Pleasanton community an outstanding place to live. The nominee has contributed a significant amount of time, energy and spirit as a volunteer and an advocate without regard for personal gain. She is someone whose civic and community service goes beyond normal responsibilities, creating a lasting and beneficial impact for all residents.
She saw the greatness our community had to offer but saw that there was much more work to do. So, this young mom who started making the journey from Campbellton to Pleasanton to drop her children off at school did not turn her car around and head back home after they were deposited safely. She made her job the job of making our community better. She shunned the chance to have a day break from the busy life of motherhood and turned herself into what the Pleasanton Express called a “Roving Philanthropist”.
Her name as a successful fundraiser and a get things done gal made her a fast favorite of organizations in need of help. She was invited to and accepted invitations across Atascosa County to please come help. She was quickly appointed as leader of the group, the committee, a board or a fundraiser. She proved time and time again that she has mad skills at raising money and talking folks into not only giving money but volunteering their time and talents. She doesn’t just sit back and lead, she rolls up her sleeves and puts in the blood, sweat and tears it takes to pull off grand fundraising plans and huge events.
She is a dynamic and tough negotiator. She is 100 percent can do and gets things done in the most efficient and effective way possible. She is a terrific team player who plays well with others. She is organized and determine. She is funny and fun. She is generous with her time and resources. She is bold and has an abundance of energy. She kicked cancer in 2019 and barely missed a beat on her volunteer, advocate and leadership activities.
She currently serves as President of the Atascosa County Child Welfare Board. Under that position, she is also the chair of Kicks for Kids Kickball Fundraiser. She is the President of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter and also the chair of one of their largest fundraisers Pulling for Safer Path Sporting Clay Shoot. She is a volunteer at the Begin Again Thrift Store and past chair and organizer of the successful Heartstrings for Hope that benefits both CASA and Safer Path. She is the Parent Volunteer Coordinator for Pleasanton Primary School, Parent Volunteer Coordinator for Box Tops, volunteer for Community Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church, Pleasanton. She is an alternate on the advisory committee for AACOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and a member of the United Methodist Women.
This inspiring woman who is creating great change in our community works tirelessly across all lines to help make Pleasanton the best place to live, work and play. Your 2019 Woman of the Year is Jessica Tom.