Now that Women’s History Month has arrived, I’m pleased to announce my selection for Assembly District 11’s Woman of the Year: Lynn Gursky, an educator and longtime member of the agribusiness community in Brentwood.
Lynn came to Brentwood in 1968, after marrying the late Roy Gursky, whose family operated a cattle business. In 1980, they started Gursky Ranch and she continues to run Gursky Ranch County Store, which sells specialty and gourmet foods, with her son and daughter-in-law.
An educator for 32 years, Lynn taught at Knightsen Elementary School, eventually becoming a mentor teacher and later the Director of Curriculum and Coordinator of the Beginning Teacher Program. Now retired from the classroom, she still works as a part-time education consultant.
Lynn’s community efforts reflect her interests in agribusiness, education and social services. She has served nearly four decades as a member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Harvest Time Growers Association, and has also supported the Harvest Time Festival, Brentwood CornFest and Brentwood Regional Community Chest.
She served as an inaugural board member of the East Diablo Youth Soccer League, is a past officer of the Children’s Home Society Velveteen Rabbit Chapter, an 11-year committee member and past chair of Relay for Life of Brentwood, and a 30-year member and officer of Soroptimist International of the Delta. Her philanthropic efforts are well known, as she and her family support numerous charities and fundraisers.
Lynn is the proud mother of sons Nathan and Stephen and the prouder grandmother of Matthew, Lauren, Sarah, Sophie and Evan. As all who know her will tell you, Lynn is a special individual: determined, elegant, graceful and kind, with a huge heart and great sense of humor.