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MVHS alum named ‘Woman of the Year’ by state assemblyman

File photo, Tanya Kravchuk poses for a photo on Dec. 13, 2022, when she was sworn-in as a San Juan Unified School District school board member. // Image courtesy, T. Kravchuk

By Sara Beth Williams–
Mesa Verde High School alumnae and newly elected San Juan Unified School District board member Tanya Kravchuk was recognized this week by Assemblyman Josh Hoover (R-Folsom) as the 7th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year for 2023.

“I am proud of the work Tanya continues to do to provide for the families in my district and across Sacramento County,” Hoover said in a March 20 press release, where he praised Kravchuk’s extensive volunteer background and community service efforts. Hoover also praised Kravchuk for her support of Ukrainian refugees.

“Incredibly honored to be named the 7th Assembly District’s 2023 woman of the year and celebrate the remarkable contributions women have made to California,” Kravchuk wrote on her Facebook page in response to the announcement.

According to her website, Kravchuk has devoted most of her career to serving children in volunteer and professional capacities. She has volunteered with Robert’s Family Development Center, Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers of America, and the Children’s Receiving Home. Kravchuk has also volunteered on local school site councils and has taught Sunday School in her local church for over two decades.

Kravchuk’s family moved to the Sacramento area from Ukraine when she was five years old. She later attended Sylvan Middle School and Mesa Verde High School when her family moved to Citrus Heights

In 2020, Kravchuk became involved with the Ukrainian American House, a nonprofit defending the rights and meeting the needs of Ukrainian refugees who immigrated to California. According to the nonprofit’s website, the Ukrainian American House’s goal is to engage in bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the U.S. in an effort to create opportunities for Ukrainian Americans and Ukrainian refugees entering the U.S.

Kravchuk won election last November for the Area 5 seat on the SJUSD school board, unseating former school board president Michael McKibbin.

Assemblyman Hoover was also elected in November, unseating former Assemblyman Ken Cooley to represent District 7. The District includes the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, and nearby communities.

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