“When I support CGU I know that I am supporting the minds of the future.”
Pamela Wiley-Wells (PhD in Education, 1993)
President, Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center
Speech therapist, businesswoman, nonprofit leader… School of Educational Studies alumna Dr. Pamela Wiley-Wells draws on the research ability, leadership skills and business acumen she developed here at CGU to advance all the parts of her busy life.
After beginning her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. Wiley-Wells found herself driven by a desire to provide families with innovative services. She soon struck out on her own to establish a private practice.
That practice has grown and thrived, guided in recent years by the doctoral work she did here in the School of Educational Studies. Today Dr. Wiley-Wells’ Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center spans four locations in and around Culver City. The Center employs multilingual speech pathologists from diverse backgrounds to provide speech and language services, early intervention, and a social skills language program, as well as summer programs.
Dr. Wiley-Wells’ commitment to the community extends beyond her practice. She has created a nonprofit group that sponsors the "Making a Difference In the Lives of Children" luncheon, which honors grandparents, great grandparents and foster grandparents who are raising a second or third generation of children in the absence of their parents. The 13th annual luncheon took place December 6, 2009 in Marina Del Rey.
In recognition of her tremendous personal and professional achievements, Dr. Wiley-Wells was honored in June 2009 by the March of Dimes at their “Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures: A Salute To African American Families” gala dinner at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel. In January 2010, Dr. Wiley-Wells was appointed to the State Board of Directors for the March of Dimes.
With all this, Dr. Wiley-Wells still manages to stay involved with the School of Educational Studies, as a donor and as a member of its Board of Visitors. “I think it’s important to be a donor to CGU because it is an institution that truly values students both collectively and individually,” she says. “When I support CGU I know that I am supporting the minds of the future. I am also giving back to an institution that gave so much to me.”