Originally from Scotland, Marilyn Grunwald came to the San Fernando Valley via New York in the mid 1980's. She is very involved in her community and serves the City of Los Angeles as Vice President of the Disabled Access Appeals Commission, which is part of L.A. Dept. of Building and Safety. She is looking forward to using all that she has learned from the Paralegal program and she plans to continue onto law school. She is most proud of maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the Fall 2003 semester while also working on the No on the Recall political campaign for five weeks.
After years of raising a family and working for herself as a writer and event organizer, it became necessary for Marilyn to find steady work. Since she was already trained as a legal secretary she was intrigued by Mission College's course, especially since it was mostly all on-line.
Marilyn is married to David Grunwald, a copy editor of the L.A. Daily Journal. They have two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Robert, courtesy of their daughter and her husband, Maria and Chris Agazaryan.
Linda was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. As a single parent she raised (3) children. Her eldest son is
is a Captain in the U.S. Airforce currently living in North Carolina with his wife and their two children (her only grandchildren). Linda's daughter will be graduating from CSUN this June. Linda recently retired from Verizon, ending a 32 year career in customer service. After completing the paralegal program, Linda looks forward to a second career
as a paralegal. Linda also has a BS in Business Management from Pepperdine University and a California Real Estate Sales license. As a result of her interest in Real Estate, she owns condos in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Lake Arrowhead and in the San Fernando Valley.
Edward was born in the state of Indiana and attended Los Angeles High School. He has overcome a lot of obstacles along the way to receiving his paralegal certificate. Edward is a a man of compassion and understanding and wants to be known for making a change in society starting with himself, and for this reason he chose to enter into the field of law. He is an advocate and absolute believer in the principles of the U.S. Constitution. He would like to live in a world where the constitution is upheld for all people regardless to race, color, or creed and is now dedicated and focused on fulfilling his dream of one day becoming a Lawyer. He sincerely feels that he is better able to achieve this goal because of the courses that were offered here at Los Angeles Mission College. I now am a father and have a one year old son, Elijah, who will be looking up to me to fulfill my goals and dreams so that he can have the push that I never had.
Astrid became a student at LA Mission College after the insurance company she was working for Prudential, sold out to Aetna, who in turn sold out to ING and layed off many employees. Her entire department was dismissed 15 employees at a time. She was in the last group to go, but was no less unemployed when it was over. By this Fall she will have earned her Associates Degree at Mission. She only has 10 credits left (which includes Health Education and Gymnastics). She finds the Law interesting and plans on using her certificate to continue with Law School. She has almost finished writing a book about the life of an individual and is trying to get it published and/or made into a movie. If all goes well you will see it at the theater in a couple of years.
Vardoui was born in Armenia. In 1990 her family moved to the US for her brothers and her to have a better future. She graduated from Hollywood High School and started working at a middle school as a teacher assistant. She recently got married and is very happy with her husband and new life. She will be receiving her Associates Decree this semester along with her Paralegal Certificate. During the summer, she is planning on looking for a job as a paralegal. She is looking forward to using what she has learned to help other people.
Michelle was born in Los Angeles and moved to the San Fernando Valley when she met her husband. She is a stay at home mom now and attending Mission College full time. She has 3 boys ages 16, 11, and 4, and has been married for 16 years and with the help and support of her family she has made it through the paralegal program successfully along with an Associates Degree. She has worked in the mortgage banking business for 7 years and after she had her son, she decided to go back to school for a career change while she stayed home to raise him. She plants on returning to work after she graduates and work in the paralegal field. She plans on continuing her education in the field of law and earn a Bachelor Degree.
aka "Lisa" Morales
Lisa was born in El Paso, Texas but has lived her whole life in Southern California - She is a mother of two kids, a son age 3 1/2 and a daughter who just turned 2. Lisa spent over 10 years in early Childhood Education working as a Preschool Teacher. Just 5 months after the birth of her daughter, Lisa decided to change careers and headed back to school. She started the paralegal program here at Mission in the fall of 2002. Working part-time while raising her two kids and going to school full time has been Challenging but it has already paid off. In February of this year, Lisa accepted a paralegal postion with the Walt Disney Company in the special events department of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. She thanks all her family and friends for all the support and love she has received in these past two years.
Born and raised in beautiful southern California, Cynthia has spent the first twenty years of her professional life as a Cosmotologist. She returned to school to study her real love.....LAW. Constitutional law is a special interest. Her three daughters have been totally supportive of Cynthia in every way, including dictating notes to her, reading to Cynthia from her law books. She owes a debt of gratitude to her daughters. Between all the family life crisis, chicken pox, school projects, and divorce, she has managed to maintain a good GPA, and graduate. Her daughters also hold high GPA's and awards in language arts/reading comprehension. (due to reading all those law books!) She is graduating this Spring 2004 with her Associates Degree. She will be continuing her education in law...
Erika is a California native born and raised. After graduating from Loyola Marymount (10 years ago?!) with a bachelor's in film and chicano studies she began in what is now her 8th year working for Walt Disney Pictures in the business and legal affairs department. As an administrator who obtain's third party permissions, she felt if she was doing the work of a paralegal, that she should have the certificate too! Erika is excited to be graduating and can't believe she finished in a year and a half while working full time. Erika though only living blocks away from Mission found out about the school and it's program from the internet.
Originally from Habana Cuba, Miguel come to U.S. via Mexico in 1971. Miguel worked at the San Vincent Medical Center, and then 27 years at Budweiser Anheuser Busch Co. in Van Nuys. Mike is a profesional musician for many years including his own group in N.Y. City. The reason Mike started the paralegal program was because his Air Conditioner, and Electrical Contractor License required the understanding of some business law. Mike is married to one of the most wonderful woman in the world Mirta for almost 35 years, and he has two children, Michael and Isabel .
Michael's son will be graduating from CSUN this June and Isabel by 2006. Mike says "Thanks to all the professors. To the future paralegal students in the program, IF I DID IT, you can do it "