Born in 1947 to deaf parents, Diana learned American Sign Language (AS) at a very early age. It enabled her to communicate with her many aunts, uncles and grandparents who were hearing-impaired. She grew up in southern California and learned English as a second language in school. She continued her education at Pasadena City College and California State University, Los Angeles. As a mature student, she graduated cum laude in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in public relations/marketing. She continues to maintain membership in several academic honor associations.
Diana has enjoyed a varied career, working as a medical secretary, a licensed real estate broker, a certified ASL interpreter for the deaf, a singer/mime/clown/entertainer/dancer (including performance at the Hollywood Bowl with Gene Autry and Patti Page), and a professional photographer. She volunteered as a Red Cross medic for the Santa Anita racetrack equestrian events during the 1984 Olympics, the World Games for the Deaf at UCLA and many other events around Southern California.
Diana’s work as a photojournalist has been published in many magazines and newspapers around Southern California, including the Los Angeles Times, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Pasadena Star News, The View, City Beat, the Long Beach Business Journal, LongBeachcomber News, The Signal and LN magazine, as well as in national media.
When not engaged as a photojournalist, Diana manages real estate and is a dedicated environmental/political activist. She is very well known in the Long Beach area where she resides and supportes a gamut of causes, including the arts, environment, disability and civil rights, civil liberties, political issues and candidates.
As a community volunteer, Diana generously gives her time to the Sierra Club, the National Ski Patrol, the ACLU, the City of Long Beach Citizens Advisory Committee on Disabilities, the Legal Aid Mental Health/Public Safety Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles County Medical Marijuana Task Force, the Long Beach Police Department Chief’s Media Advisory Group, the Second District Advisory Council, Neighborhood Watch and many other Long Beach citizen groups. Her tireless energy and dedication won her numerous meritorious citations and awards for community service. In 2006 Diana received a Congressional Award for her many years of community service from Congresswoman Juanita Millinder-McDonald. In 2015 she was named by the Long Beach Press Telegram News as an “Amazing Woman” (see impact article below).
Diana has traveled the world and wishes for you, the potential recipient of her namesake scholarship, a life filled with service to others, community involvement and a passionate zest for life that are the hallmarks of her life.