Pamela Gonzalez Meyer '76
Pamela Gonzalez Meyer was born in Encino in 1958, and raised in Canoga Park. The third of four children, she attended St. Joseph the Worker grade school and then Chaminade Preparatory High School, as did her brother Scott (Class of ’78). Pam was among the first girls admitted to Chaminade in 1972 and graduated in 1976, with a class size of 112. Having attended school at both campuses, she was taught by Chaminade legends Joe Rauser, Chris Redondo and Steve Mussack. Highlights of her Chaminade school years include Student Council, Drill Team, Gun Club, Sierra Club, and Drama (makeup). Part of her Sierra Club adventures included the “Lost Hike” where 12 students were lost for 3 days and rescued via helicopter while on a “shake down” hike in Angeles Crestline.
She graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1980 Summa Cum Laude, which included a senior year studying abroad at University of Sheffield, England. She attended USC law school, where she graduated in 1983. Pam has been a practicing member of the California Bar since 1983, and currently focuses on entertainment immigration law in her Sherman Oaks office. Her work has taken her to countries around the world including Korea, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, Latvia, Czech Republic, former Yugoslavia, Greece and most of Western Europe. She did formal pro bono work for the LA County Bar and LA Free Clinic. She served as a board member of the American Australian New Zealand Association and the Schola Cantorum of the Pacific.
Past Chaminade activities include being a drama and choir parent/volunteer, Career Night participant and one of the first women on high school varsity football chain gang. She is an active alumni volunteer, helping at events such as Homecoming and Senior Sunset.
Pam is in her eleventh year of service on the Chaminade Board of Directors; for the past three years she has been the Board Chair. She has chaired the Policy and Planning Committee and is a member of the Advancement committee. Pam is also Chair of the Executive, Nominating and President Search committees.
Pam is the mother of two, Samantha and Jeffrey (Chaminade class of 2008). Samantha, a graduate of Duke University recently obtained her teaching credentials and teaches at Sierra Canyon. Jeffrey, a graduate of Northwestern University, resides in Chicago pursuing his performing career (and will appear as the Prince/Wolf in “Into the Woods” and in “The Barber of Seville” at the Lyric Opera House in 2014.)
Because of her example of service and philanthropic generosity, the community is stronger and Chaminade College Preparatory is better able to continue its Marianist mission to serve the educational and spiritual needs of young men and women. We are proud to name Pamela Gonzalez Meyer ’76 this year’s “Distinguished Alumna of the Year.”