Tammy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Oak Grove Center, was honored as the Woman of the Year in the 28th Senate District by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County). Wilson, along with other outstanding women from across California, were honored March 12th at a luncheon at the State Capitol, and also recognized on the floor of the State Senate.
“The dedication, compassion and excellence that Tammy and her staff bring to the students at Oak Grove are simply amazing,” said Senator Stone. “She has made a difference in the lives of thousands of young people in her many years at Oak Grove. Tammy is an exceptional choice as the Woman of the Year for the 28th Senate District.”
Oak Grove Center is a nonprofit residential, educational and treatment center – with multiple campuses in Riverside County — for children throughout California with psychological, emotional and behavioral problems and special needs.
Wilson, who has degrees in psychology and family therapy, began working at Oak Grove in 1991, two years after the Murrieta campus opened. She has been the CEO since 2005.
Oak Grove serves 76 students who live on their Murrieta campus and up to an additional 100 students who attend their nonpublic school. Another 50 students attend their Perris campus. Their newest campus, Oak Grove in the Desert, at Bermuda Dunes has been providing services to youth and families in the Coachella Valley since 2010.
Wilson provides leadership to the 350 staff members and special needs youth that Oak Grove serves on three campuses in Riverside County. Oak Grove offers at-risk children a wide spectrum of services including education, sports and arts programs, programs for autism and independent living, outpatient service, addiction recover and release programs and much more. “Her leadership and fundraising over the years have allowed the campuses to expand and offer new programs including science and art,” said Senator Stone. “It has also helped to build a new gymnasium on the Murrieta campus.”
In addition to her responsibilities at Oak Grove, Tammy is an active community volunteer. She is a member of the Temecula Rotary Club, the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce and the Loma Linda University-Murrieta Community Partnership Council.
Jeff Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.