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USC Chan Magazine | Spring 2011

USC Chan Magazine, Spring 2011

Alumna is an L.A. County Woman of the Year

Originally published in the Spring 2011 issue of the USC Chan Magazine

On March 14, 2011, Terri Chew Nishimura, M.A. (‘85), OTR/L, was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Commission for Women as one of a handful of Los Angeles County “Women of the Year”. The 26th annual Women of the Year Luncheon was hosted by Emmy Award–winning journalist Asha Dusbabek at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Terri Chew Nishimura and family at the 26th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon hosted at the downtown Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Terri Chew Nishimura and family at the 26th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon hosted at the downtown Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Executive Director of Policy and Community Affairs for Pediatric Therapy Network, a private pediatric therapy clinic in Torrance, Ms. Nishimura was presented with the award before nearly 600 civic leaders and professionals gathered from across Los Angeles County.

“When I describe Pediatric Therapy Network, I borrow the slogan from the National Basketball Association, and say it’s ‘where amazing happens’.”

As well as being a licensed occupational therapist and director at a non-profit children’s therapy center, Ms. Nishimura has served on a variety of public commissions, boards, and committees. She currently is the chairperson of the Los Angeles County Policy Roundtable for Child Care Commission, the official county body on all matters relating to child care.

Ms. Nishimura was also recently appointed by the City of Torrance to serve on the Torrance Centennial Committee, a committee established by the Torrance City Council to spearhead plans for a yearlong, city-wide celebration of the city’s 100-year anniversary in 2012.

Congratulations Terri, and Fight On!