Cheers West Edition


Wave Staff Report

Robert F. Kennedy School for Visual Arts and Humanities student Samantha Galindo was recently honored at the Children’s Defense Fund–California’s 28th annual Beat the Odds awards ceremony on Dec. 6, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite overcoming tremendous obstacles.

The event was co-chaired by Children’s Defense Fund President Emerita Marian Wright Edelman, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Josiah Bell, Carol and Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer, and CDF-CA Executive Director Shimica Gaskins

As a member of Students for Change, a school club, Galindo studies immigration issues and works with teachers, families and peers to educate impacted families about their rights in a time of great turmoil. In addition to her being a Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholar, she recently completed a summer internship at the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office.

Heather Tarleton

Heather P. Tarleton, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences at Loyola Marymount University, has been elected to the NatureBridge Region of Southern California board of directors.

NatureBridge connects young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet.

Stephanie Wiggins

Los Angeles resident Stephanie Wiggins has been named the CEO of Metrolink. Wiggins comes from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she served as deputy chief executive officer and replaces Art Leahy, who announced his retirement in October.

Wiggins brings 24 years of transportation management experience and will lead Metrolink’s 261 employees as they embark on a $10 billion plan to improve rail safety and service in time for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games known as the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion Program.

Compiled by Angela Parker. 

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