Charlene Sigman was inducted into the Education category in 2009.
Charlene Sigman has dedicated her life to helping children with disabilities achieve their full potential. A speech pathologist, Charlene is founder and director of Happy Talkers, which began as a day care center run out of her Pleasanton home to help children with developmental and speech delays. The program started with just four children, but it has been so successful that in 2004 it spawned a standalone pre-school, the School of Imagination. The school now serves more than 300 children with autism and other special needs. The school will soon move to a permanent new site in Dublin. The new facility will provide stability to a program that has moved eight times in three years and to the many children who will have brighter futures because of this unique program.