Judith Prather served as Governor of Rotary District 5320 in the Rotary year 1999-2000. She has been active with RFPD since its founding. In 1992 she and her youngest daughter attended the United Nations Conference on the Environment in Rio de Janeiro, where, as a relatively new Rotarian, she was extremely impressed by the Rotary presence at the conference and the organization’s concern for the environment. Judy was chosen as a leader of the North American NGO delegation to the conference while her daughter was selected as one of the youth leaders. Subsequently, both Judy and her daughter attended the ten-year follow-up conference in South Africa and Judy and her husband participated in the Rio +20 conference in 2012.
Judy has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and specializes in immigration evaluations both for Court and Embassy hearings, including spousal petitions, cancellations of removal and criminal matters. She testifies as an expert witness several times weekly. Previously she had a broad range practice that included evaluation and court appearances in Family Court for custody matters, child, and sexual abuse.
She was also the Executive Director of the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence, worked at the California Youth Authority, taught at Whittier College for 17 years, as well as California School of Professional Psychology, USC School of Medicine and several community colleges, and has had grant under the US Department of Justice to train police officers and community leaders on elder abuse issues. She is certified as a Professional YMCA Director.
Dr. Prather is very active in community service, having served as Governor of District 5320, President of the League of Women Voters, BPW, PTA, and the United Nations Association. . She was awarded Outstanding Business Woman by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and was honored as “Outstanding Volunteer in the Environment” by Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1993 and has received commendations and awards from all levels of governmental offices and community organizations. She is a frequent speaker for organizations and conferences.
She has 5 children of which 2 are adopted, was a foster parent for 17 years, and now the grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 2, along with her husband Dr. George Prather who retired as Chief Research Analyst for the Los Angeles Community College District.