Diana Carey was elected to the City Council on November 6, 2012. It was her first political campaign, and she "thanks" everyone in the community for their support, especially her friends and family.
Diana is a "California Girl" who was born in Hollywood and raised in Glendale. She grew up in a home where public service was a priority. Her Mother stressed the importance of community service, and helping those less fortunate. Her Father emphasized the importance of being prepared, and always giving your best effort in every undertaking. Her Mother’s favorite saying was "Faith without works is dead," and she would always ask Diana "Who have you helped today?" This question shaped her life’s work in public service as a teacher, Principal and in the community.
Diana has been a Westminster homeowner since 1973. She has one daughter, Tricia, and is the proud grandmother of four-year old Paige.
Diana received her undergraduate degree from University of California at Long Beach. She has credentials in Biology, Health, Art History and Public Safety. She holds a Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration. She became a teacher and administrator with the Huntington Beach Union High School District. She loved teaching Biology and Health, and was the District ESL/LEP Coordinator for second language learners, and a Mentor Teacher with the University of California, Irvine. For more than twenty years she coached the cheerleading/songleading/color guard/drill team and dance teams at Huntington Beach High School and Ocean View High School.
She served as an administrator at Fountain Valley High School, and as a Principal at Costa Mesa High School and the Newport-Harbor Adult School. She was a member of the Orange County Gang Task Force, and received a "Crime Fighter Award" from the City of Fountain Valley. During her tenure with the Newport-Mesa School District she was the Coordinator for the K-12 Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco and Violence Prevention Program; Chairman of the School Attendance Review Board, and the Expulsion Panel Review Committee.
After 32 years, Diana retired from education to become the sole care-provider for her parents. She was appointed an Alzheimer/Dementia conservator by the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007. This experience gave her insight into the needs and issues of our aging seniors, and those family members and professionals who care for them.
However, Diana is best known in the community as the I-405 Freeway Chairman. Since 2005, she has led the effort to stop the OCTA from taking homes and businesses along the I-405 corridor. Currently she is the spokesperson for the six corridor cities in their fight to keep toll lanes off the I-405 freeway. She is a member the OCTA’s Stakeholders Working Group, Policy Working Group and the West County Connector Cities Committee. Prior to her election to the Council, she served as a Traffic Commissioner and a Tree Education Commissioner.
Prior to being elected to the Council, Diana was active in many local service organizations throughout the County. Currently she is a Vice President of Kiwanis International of Westminster. In 2012, she received the "Community Distinguished Service Award" for her I-405 work with the Corridor Cities, and for the Kiwanis Rose Parade Float Decoration Program. She was a Director of the Westminster Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and is a former member of South Coast Rotary, and the Seal Beach Lion’s Club.
Along with her friends, she shares a compassion for animals, both locally and internationally, and is a member of many animal protection organizations. She is a life time member of the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, and supports the WAGS Animal Adoption Center in Westminster.
Diana’s avocation is with the arts. Her life-long involvement with musical theater and dance come from her Mother, a movie-industry executive. Serving as the Vice President of The Rose Center Theater Foundation, she honors her Mother’s love of musicals and theater, by supporting local artists and the students of the Academy for the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School, and the Orange County School of the Performing Arts. Diana keeps fit with her favorite dance activity - "Jazzercise," where she has been an active participant since 1983. She also loves to travel and has been to many countries around the World. Her favorite trip was the three weeks she spent in Egypt with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
During the Vietnam War she lived in Washington D.C. This experience, the stories of her Father, an Army/Air Corps veteran of World War II, and the struggles of an uncle with PTSD, gave her an understanding of the ongoing obligation to support our veterans. Because of his service, and the service and sacrifice of family and friends, Diana supports the USO, and serves as the Chairman of the 3rd Battalion Marine Family Adoption Committee. Last year the Committee donated money to deserving families, procured evening dresses for the Marine Corps Ball, and ran a book drive for the base library.
Diana and her family have owned and operated several small businesses over the years. As a small business owner, Diana developed a keen awareness of the importance of local job opportunities to keep our community strong. She is a proud member of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce, and works with business leaders to develop opportunities, and streamline the City permitting and approval process. She has been recognized by her employees and colleagues for her professionalism and dedication to service, and she is proud to represent the citizens of Westminster.