05/31/2013 09:32AM ● Published by Style
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Cameron Park Community Services District Director Shiva Frentzen was born in northern Iran to parents who wanted the best for their child and had big dreams for her.
From a young age, Frentzen was exposed to Western culture, and despite the restrictions placed on women at that time, she was able to earn her bachelor’s degree. Yet everything changed with the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the subsequent war with Iraq. Frentzen was forced to flee to the U.S. in 1989 with her then two-year-old son, and she soon found herself a single parent living with relatives and struggling to make ends meet.
These days, Frentzen is a happily remarried mother of two and a proud U.S. citizen, but she never forgets her early trials. After getting her master’s degree and founding her own Internet services company, she began looking for ways to give back. Since taking on her new role as director of the Cameron Park Community Services District, she has been working hard to balance the budget and make Cameron Park more financially stable. She is also president of Snowline Hospice and an active member of the Cameron Park Rotary Club. “Because I feel so blessed to have this freedom, to be able to be who I am, I would like to make a difference in this world,” Frentzen says, explaining her passion for community service. “It’s why they call me ‘an American Dream.’”
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