Cheers West Edition


Thomas G. Lee has been named executive director of the nonprofit Friends of the Children–Los Angeles.

A native Angeleno, Lee worked with foster and probation youth for more than a decade with organizations like Hillsides Youth Moving On and the L.A. Opportunity Youth Collaborative.

Lee is a former high school teacher, having taught English and world literature at San Gabriel and King Drew Magnet high schools.

Nola M. Carter

Nola M. Carter, a community activist and mother of a former Black Panther member, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Carter helped elect Rev. Douglas Ferrell, the first African American to represent the Watts community, to the state Assembly in 1963.

She provided social services for homeless youth as an employee and director with the Neighborhood Adult Participation Program until 1982. She then volunteered at a senior citizen center in South Los Angeles before becoming its assistant director.

Carter was born in Louisiana and later moved to L.A., where she studied business and real estate at Los Angeles Southwest College.

Cynthia Amos

Cynthia Amos has been appointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The commission, an agency of the state, provides licenses and credentials to professional educators and enforces the practices of teachers, among other things.

Amos is a certification assignments and support specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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