Meet The Team

Program Coordinator

Cheer Coach

Deneé Deneé Easy serves as the Program Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Deneé completed her Bachelors of Arts in English and Public Health in addition to her Masters of Arts in African American Studies: Urban Health at the University at Albany, in Albany, New York. Deneé spent most of her undergraduate and graduate years working in different realms of Student Affairs including student activities, programming, research and development, and campus management.

In her spare time, Deneé maintains a natural hair empowerment blog where she helps young women learn to style natural hair and “rock it” with confidence. Deneé also serves as the Head Cheerleading Coach at Glen A. Wilson High School. Cheerleading has been a major part of Denee’s life; this year marks her thirteenth year of being involved in the sport. She loves that the cheerleading allows athletes to build extended families, become leaders, learn how to overcome fears, and how to believe.

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Laboratory

Travel and Coffee Enthusiast

MILLAN Revecca Millán assists with laboratory needs for the Physician Assistant and Biomedical Sciences Programs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Revecca completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Classical Civilization at UCLA. As a student she spent her time volunteering in student run organizations (Chicanos and Latinos for Community Medicine and CDU/Carver Elementary Science Enrichment Program) and community organizations (PADRES Contra El Cancer) as a means to provide health and educational services to underserved communities.

In her spare time, Revecca enjoys visiting her family in her small hometown. She also loves coffee, sushi, and traveling. Revecca likes to venture out and explore different cultures, customs, and geography through travel.

Laboratory

Professional Binge-Watcher

Harry Potter Enthusiast

JIMENEZ Thalia Jimenez is the Laboratory Technician for the Physician Assistant Program and College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Thalia graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry. During her undergraduate years she participated in the MARC program.  As a MARC scholar, she investigated the role of cancer stem cells in Triple Negative breast cancer in Dr. Pervin’s lab at CDU. Her experience inspired her to pursue her Master of Biomedical Science at Charles R. Drew University. The title of her thesis is The Role of Nicotine and High Fat Diet on Triple Negative breast cancer.

When Thalia isn’t in the lab, she enjoys going out to eat, catching up on shows, playing tennis and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an adventure seeker and hopes to one day swim with a whale shark.

Past and Present Interns

Phillip Phillip is attending Maxine Waters for medical terminology. Through this course, he hopes to gain the knowledge he needs to become an emergency technician (E.M.T). After obtaining his E.M.T certification Phillip plans on becoming a firefighter. Phillip loves to help people; he believes that becoming a firefighter will be the perfect blend for utilizing his athleticism and applying his passion for helping others. During his free time, he likes to workout, play video games and listen to music. Philip also watches firefighter workout highlights on YouTube and enjoys playing football.

In high school, Philip served as the captain of his football team and led his team to several victories! His skills and leadership eventually allowed the school to break its ongoing losing streak. Phillip states “I was a great a team leader and a hard worker. I believe teamwork was the biggest reason we were able to break L.A Jordan’s nightmare record.” Phillip is excited about his future and looks forward to learning from the PA Program’s staff and professors.

Konishi Emily Konishi is the first intern for the CDU PA program, starting in May 2017. She attends Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where she will be a junior next fall. Emily is currently studying biology and hopes to work in the medical field when she is older. She is also part of the Division 1 women’s water polo team. She broke the program record for most assists in a game (8) this past spring season.

She has spent most of her summers training for water polo and competing in tournaments, but since entering college, she has immersed herself in other activities. She taught swim lessons and lifeguarded at her high school pool. In her free time, Emily likes to go to the beach, paint, and eat really good food. She goes hiking with her dog and is learning how to cook. She aspires to travel the world someday and learn about all of the different cultures.

Mariah Mariah is going into her sophomore year of college at the university of Nevada, Las Vegas this fall majoring in biology. She was awarded with an honor roll certificate for her outstanding work in her freshman year of college.

She plans to become a pediatrician because she is obsessed with kids. Usually every summer she volunteers to work with kids in daycares, recreational parks, schools, etc. During her free time she likes to read, shop, eat, listen to music or workout. She's very optimistic and loves learning and exploring new things.