Cheers West Edition


Wanda Austin is a recent University Medallion recipient for her contributions to the University of Southern California.

Austin is a USC trustee and the former president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Corporation. In 2009, she served on President Barack Obama’s’ Review of Human Spaceflight Plans Committee.

Austin earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College, a master’s in systems engineering and math from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate from USC.

Dr. C. Freeman

Dr. C. Freeman will become the first African American and the fifth female president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association.

Freeman is a geriatric psychiatrist and director for the psychiatry residency program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

She received her medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine and trained at the University of Virginia for internal medicine and psychiatry.

Diane Manuel

Diane Manuel has been elected as a board member for the Women’s Foundation of California, which focuses on achieving gender, racial and economic equality in communities.

Manuel worked for the banking company Merrill Lynch before becoming a financial advisor for the Urban Wealth Management Group, where she has worked for close to three years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her master’s and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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