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Vice Mayor Kuo Nominates Irvine leaders to the City's Wall of Recognition

IRVINE, CA - Vice Mayor Anthony Kuo's nominees to the City of Irvine's Wall of Recognition won unanimous support from the City Council tonight.

Kuo nominated Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel (ret'd.), South Coast Chinese Cultural Association Executive Director and Irvine Chinese School Principal Yulan Chung, and Hoag Hospital's Chief Hospital Operations Officer Marcy Brown.

"I've often said that Irvine is a tremendous community because of the people serving in churches, non-profit organizations, sports boosters, and other service organizations," Kuo said. He added, "I have loved volunteering throughout Irvine, and commend all the nominees and other community members who have worked to make Irvine a better place."

Mike Hamel served with the Irvine Police Department for 27 years, including the most recent six as the fifth Chief of the Irvine Police Department and Director of Public Safety. During such time, Irvine was named "America's Safest City," for its size during the years he was Chief (and Deputy Chief). Additionally, he represented the City in leadership roles with the Orange County Human Relations Commission, Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association, and Team Kids.

Yulan Chung has been the Principal of the Irvine Chinese School and Executive Director of the South Coast Chinese Cultural Association since 2013, providing leadership in the space of Chinese language and cultural education. The South Coast Chinese Cultural Association and Irvine Chinese School, founded in 1976, has impacted thousands of students and their families and has provided significant impacts to the diversity of Irvine. Most recently, Ms. Chung was appointed to serve on the City's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Marcy Brown has been at the help of Hoag Hospital Irvine for many years, providing distinct leadership in the space of health care and community service. In addition to leading Hoag Irvine through expansion plans and the COVID-19 pandemic, she served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Irvine Children's Fund working to expand child care access throughout the City of Irvine.

Additionally, the following community members were also approved as additions to the City's Wall of Recognition:

Amil Aaron

Bernard Brooks

Sam Castelo

Monsignor Colm Conlon

Sergeant Major Raymond Terry Fitzhugh

Mary Anne Foo

John Ghoukassian

Jeremy Goldman

Rama Harishankar and Harish K. Murthy

Pat Moore

Leon Napper

Howard Regent

Frank Southern

For more information on the City of Irvine's Wall of Recognition, click here.

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