Jennifer Leahy earns graduate medalist honors
Jennifer Leahy of Oakhurst, completed an M.S. in Criminology with a 4.0 GPA, and was selected as the graduate medalist by the dean of the College of Social Services at California State University, Fresno.
During her master’s program, Leahy worked with Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi to assess the effectiveness of a software program for the upper-division criminology classes for the Save our Adolescents from Prostitution project. The results of the study were presented at the American Society of Criminology conference by Leahy and Takahashi.
As a research assistant, she worked on projects such as realignment in Fresno County, a programmatic review for a project examining women offenders in the Los Angeles County Jail, and various other projects. She also has assisted with projects on an international level, working with the Thailand Institute of Justice on a digital reference guide pertaining to femicide.
She recently returned from the UN Crime Congress in Qatar and plans to pursue a doctorate and career in victim services.
Adele Bissett Bartholomew and Jerry E. Hansen were united in marriage April 18, in Columbia, at the historic “Church of the 49ers.”
The bride is the daughter of Lester and Elizabeth Bissett, both deceased, who were long time cattle ranchers in Madera and Mariposa counties. She retired from teaching at Oakhurst Elementary School in 1998 to help her parents at the ranch, was a two-time president of Madera County Cattle Women, and a past chairman of the Little Church on the Hill Foundation Board in Oakhurst.
Bartholomew was given in marriage by her brother, Roy Bissett of Oakhurst. Her daughters, Lisa Vidal of Fresno, and Mary Bartholomew of Crestline, were her attendants.
The groom is a contractor/consultant for the California Trucking Association representing the Redwood Empire, after selling his trucking companies. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Chris Hansen, Fresno County Westside farmers. His son, David Hansen of Kelseyville, was best man.
Many friends and relatives were in attendance. A beef tri-tip barbeque reception at Marble Quarry RV Park followed the ceremony.
Following a three week honeymoon, the couple will reside at both the Bissett Ranch in Mariposa County and in Kelseyville in Lake County.