L.A. Trust Interns, Summer 2014


Diane Webber, UCLA

Isabelle Markert, Bowdoin College

Vidya Yakkundi, Loma Linda University

Krystle Gupilan, Cal State Los Angeles

Tania Funes, UC Berkeley





L.A. Trust Interns, Summer 2013


(Left to right: Deborah Ebrahemi, Masako Horino, Asia Tail, Angelica Earls, and Julia Johnson.  Not pictured, Natalie Demeter)


Deborah Ebrahemi was a second year MSW student at USC School of Social Work, where she earned a masters degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration.  Her project focused on the intersection of oral health and obesity.

Masako Horino was a first year student at UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Science.  Her project focused on obesity prevention programs at Wellness Centers.  Click here to download a copy of Masako’s poster presentation which she delivered in Tokyo this summer.

Asia Tail was a third year student at Cooper Union in New York, majoring in Fine Arts.  Asia came to us as a CDC Public Health Intern as part of the Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement–Undergraduate Program Summer Leadership Institute.  Asia brought with her artistic and design skills and contributed to obesity prevention projects, including producing a healthy eating coloring book for school-aged children, both in English and Spanish.  Click here to view her coloring book.

Angelica Earl was a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned a degree in Community Health Sciences.  She came to us as a CDC Public Health Intern as part of the Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement–Undergraduate Program Summer Leadership Institute.  Angelica’s project focused on examining obesity prevention and intervention resources at LAUSD Wellness Centers and surrounding community.  Angelica will be applying to nursing school this fall.

Julia Johnson was a first year master of public policy student at USC.  Her project focused on mental health integration at Washington Preparatory Wellness Center.  Click here for a copy of Julia’s presentation slides on her project findings.


Updates on interns:

Karen Lai

karen laiKaren Lai received her MPH in Health Policy and Management at UCLA in March 2013, and will be completing medical school at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in May 2014. She is currently traveling the country while interviewing at psychiatry residency programs, and hopes to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the future. She is, however, still involved in the research work that arose while she was a summer intern with the LA Trust! She continues to work with Dr. Sheryl Kataoka to study the integration of mental health and medical services within the new LA Unified School District’s Wellness Centers. Ultimately, she aspires to utilize her research, public health, and clinical psychiatric interests in community-based work of this kind in the future.


Asia Tail

Asia 12.17l.13Since working with The L.A. Trust, Asia has returned to New York City to finish her final year of art school at the Cooper Union. She remains engaged with her Native American heritage, and gives tours at the National Museum of the American Indian. She has also been offered a position in Teach For America’s 2014 corps. Asia states, “As a teacher, I look forward to utilizing the skills I learned working for The L.A. Trust and L.A. Unified School District. Supporting healthy and successful students from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds has become the center of my personal and professional aspirations. Thanks L.A. Trust.


LUZLuz Taborga

Luz was an intern with The Trust the Summer of 2012 during her public health graduate studies at UCLA. She currently works for Westat under the National Children’s Study, a longitudinal study that aims to improve children’s health and development by studying the interaction between genes and the environment.  She conducts home visits all over San Diego County to collect data as well as biological and environmental samples. Luz says, “My work with The L.A. Trust improved my confidence in my ability to engage critical stakeholders, an ability that is an asset with my current job. In the near future, I hope to merge my passion for public health and medicine by becoming a Public Health Nurse Practitioner!”

 RedUniformPoloAngelica Earl

After her internship she received numerous job interviews; and landed two of the jobs. She currently works in a Skilled Nursing Facility as an Activity Assistant and also works as a Clerk for Renown Health (an Integrated Healthcare Network). She just submitted her final applications for Nursing School and if accepted will start in Summer 2014. Luz adds, “I’ve used the computer skills and research expertise that I gained as a Trust Intern to help me with my clerical work.






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