Abuzz with activity, PSR-LA has recently hired two bright young people, said adieu to two great workers, and seen interns and volunteers come and go.
First, we wish to welcome Margaret Wacker M.D. to the PSR-LA board of directors. Dr. Wacker, a neurosurgeon affiliated with Kaiser Permanente in San Bernardino, helped develop the recent conference on Iraq.
Emily Snider, our new administrative and programmatic assistant, is not only a Dartmouth graduate and gifted writer, but a fine musician and accomplished urban gardener.
Jacob Brown is a recent graduate of Wheaton College (near Chicago). He wishes to pursue a career in urban planning – but before that PSR-LA is benefiting from savvy organizing on peace and environmental programs.
Our new intern, Sarah Wallace is a MPH/MD student at St. George’s University, Grenada. An Orange County native, Sarah will be working with PSR-LA through December.
Over the past three months, Enrique Huerta has interned in our environmental programs. He is now studying sustainability principles at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His long term vision is to promote urban policies that will help communities live within the limits of our available resources in order to prevent further environmental degradation.
In August, our super development and security associate, Sharmeen Premjee, joined the staff of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to work on homeland security programs. A true loss, as Sharmeen’s departure came only a month after Melissa Burch, PSR-LA’s environmental health associate, found her dream job as Organizing Director with a residential treatment program in Watts for women coming home from prison.