Lodi’s Nancy Mellor was recently named one of the 2019 recipients of the Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Award for her community service.
The award is given to women who have excelled in their communities by dedicating their time and talent to empower members in their community and elevate the status of people living in San Joaquin County.
The Commission on Status of Women in San Joaquin County selects women representing 18 different categories ranging from business to science and women’s rights. For a person to be nominated for this award they must be nominated by an organization that they are associated with and they must live in or work in San Joaquin County.
Mellor was nominated by the Lodi chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Mellor, a dedicated volunteer, has housed students from El Salvador, Vietnam and Bosnia whose lives were interrupted by war, and even provided housing and assistance for a family from Pakistan as they applied for asylum.
Mellor, who grew up in Pennsylvania and raised her family in Virginia, moved to Coalinga where she worked as an educator. She eventually became a school administrator and served as a superintendent for two school districts.
She moved to Lodi with her husband in 2008 and serves on the San Joaquin Delta College Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee, the Breakthrough Project for Social Justice, the Lodi Arts Commission and the Lodi Arts Foundation. She is also a cellist for the Valley Community Orchestra.
“She is such a generous, thoughtful and intelligent person,” said Lusandra Vincent, who first met Mellor when she joined the Breakthrough Project.
Since Mellor joined the organization, she has helped the group secure funds through various community grants. Her presence on the board has provided a calming presence and an impartial view, Vincent said.
Mellor said she’s always had a desire to help others and believes getting involved in community organizations is a responsibility that all citizens share.
One of her proudest achievements is the Academic Talent Development Program, which she created in 1987 while in Coalinga. The program accepted students from immigrant backgrounds and sought to inspire their creativity and academic achievement through an intensive summer session at the University of California Berkeley.
Through the program, Mellor used her experience as an educator to help students looking to increase their knowledge and pursue higher education.
“I’m especially appreciative for that program since two of those she’s assisted have been former kindergarten students of mine,” said Linda Hammons, a member of AAUW and a friend of Mellor.
Many students in the program were motivated to attend universities across the country, Hammons said. Mellor continues to help students and guide them as they apply for college, she added.
“I feel very fortunate to have worked with many organizations, and I treasure the people that I have worked alongside,” Mellor said.
Mellor is both grateful and overjoyed to have been named a recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Award. She has no intention of slowing down, and she is determined to continue volunteering and working to enrich her community, she said.
“Especially as someone who has lived their life and is now retired, it is only more important that I serve my community and give back,” Mellor said.
The 44th annual Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 15 at the Stockton Golf and Country Club, 3800 W. Country Club Blvd., Stockton. Tickets for the event are $50 per person. The evening will begin with a mingling and networking session at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m.