SACRAMENTO –On Monday, March 14th, Ms. Susan Coelho-Mattos of Newman was honored as the Woman of the Year from the 21st Assembly District by the California State Assembly during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Assemblymember Adam Gray nominated Coelho-Mattos, who has spent over two decades involved in community development efforts.
“Susan’s leadership in children’s issues, health care, and education is commendable,” states Gray. “She continues to make her mark in the community with her advocacy and dedication. As a publisher, she is a tireless advocate for the Valley and a champion of so many important causes.”
Susan owns Mattos Newspapers, Inc., which serves the communities of Crows Landing, Newman, Gustine and Santa Nella. She began her work as a part-time bookkeeper for the newspaper and now manages over twenty employees in the day-to-day operations of the corporation. Mattos Newspapers includes the Gustine Press-Standard and the West Side Index, providing local news to thousands of residents in Stanislaus and Merced Counties.
“Susan sets an incredible example for the young women in our region,” continues Gray. “Her accomplishments and continued energy are impressive.”
In addition to her community service work, Coelho-Mattos is involved in efforts to support Court Appointed Special Advocates – Stanislaus County, the Orestimba Scholarship Community Association, Newman Rotary Club, fundraising for the Golden Valley Health Centers, and the Newman Fall Festival Committee. Over the years, she has been recognized by numerous organizations for her advocacy for others and her dedication to preserving the heritage of the community.
Susan is a mother of two daughters – Antoinette and Natalie.