2022 Fernando Award Finalists

Steve Fazio

Steve Fazio, President & Owner, Fazio Cleaners and Laundry. Nominated by LAPD Valley Bureau Foundation and Rickey Gelb.

Steve has been active since 1981 as a volunteer with more than 12 organizations spanning heath services, education, law enforcement and public policy organizations. He has served on the boards of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Sierra Canyon School and Providence Tarzana Foundation and has also served with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, California Reserve Peace Officers Association, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, LAPD Valley Bureau Foundation, Los Angeles Fire Department and various other organizations. Additionally, Steve has served Valley residents for 40 years as an LAPD Reserve Officer.

Steve Fazio Finalist Profile


Jane Skeeter

Founder & CEO, Ultraglas. Nominated by the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley and Woodbury University.

Since 2007, Jane has been active with 15 organizations serving on the board of directors of business, health, youth and education related services. Jane has served on the Pierce College Architecture and Engineering Community Advisory Board, the LA Mayor’s Community Forestry Advisory Committee for LA Council District #3, the board of directors for the Valley Green Team, the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, the West Hills Hospital Board of Trustees, Valley Economic Alliance, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Los Angeles Chapter, Woodbury University’s School of Business Advisory Board and the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley.

Jane Skeeter Finalist Profile


Kathleen Sterling

Publisher, Valley News Group. Nominated by Sherry Keowen and Gail Brow.

Kathleen started volunteering at an early age and has been involved with many local organizations in the past several decades. Some of her many volunteer activities include the Valley Cultural Center, Heart Run and Walk, American Heart Association, Valley Women’s Center, Pacific Lodge Boy’s Home and Louisville High School. Through her group of newspapers, which she owns, Kathleen has supported many local non-profit organizations to get the word out about their work and their needs. By recording the news of the Valley, she finds many opportunities to help the community.

Kathleen Sterling Finalist Profile

Kevin Tamaki

Tamaki Consulting. Nominated by VICA and Matthew Swearman.

Kevin has been active serving business, youth and various non-profit organizations for decades, including chambers of commerce and New Directions for Youth. Kevin has taught English as a second language at Van Nuys Community Adult School and leadership and social responsibility at Woodbury University. He has served on non-profit boards such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles Chapter, the Valley Economic Alliance, Ability First, Asian Business Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Fernando Award Foundation, Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg’s San Fernando Valley Advisory Commission, Valley Leadership Institute and many more. Kevin continues his impact as chair emeritus of i.D.R.E.A.M. for Racial Health Equity.

Kevin Tamaki Finalist Profile

Sharon Udkoff

Certified Public Accountant. Nominated by Los Angeles Jewish Home and Los Angeles Valley College.

Sharon Udkoff has been engaged in community and business affairs for decades. Among the organizations she has been involved with are Los Angeles Valley College Foundation, Hillel 818, the Executives, Studio City Resident’s Association, Studio City Beautification Association and Save the Los Angeles River Open Space. As an engaged member of the Executives, an organization that aids the Los Angeles Jewish Home, Sharon has helped raise millions for the Jewish Home and at Los Angeles Valley College, has been instrumental in helping its Foundation grow from $400,000 in net assets to more than $8 million.

Sharon Udkoff Finalist Profile