Latinx. Chicana. She/Her
When I was a senior in high school, I talked to a counselor to express my interest in going to college but I was told that people like me didn’t go to college. I didn’t go to college until after a migrant home school consultant encouraged me to pursue higher education.
I started out as a high-risk student at Oregon State University. I was part of the College Assistance Migrant Program. Through hard work and determination, I achieved my dream of getting a college education. I went on to graduate from Oregon State University with my Masters of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Higher Education Administration, and Women Studies.
During college, I became involved in student government and opened myself up to new experiences by taking on different jobs.
I worked as a firefighter for the forest department. When considering law school, I also worked as a court specialist for the Oregon State Supreme Court. Through these experiences, I realized that I really loved working in the field of education.
Today, I serve as the Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDEDI) Officer at Pacific University. When I’m not working, I enjoy taking walks through nature and taking pictures I like to share with friends and family on social media. My three daughters and my spouse are constant sources of laughter and positivity in my life. I am grandmother, wife Our family believes in service and giving back. My husband served this country at one time, and I believe that running for local office now is my way of giving back my community.
I have been involved in these programs and institutions:
The College Assistance Migrant Program, TRIO Program, Portland Teachers Program, Educational Opportunity Programs at Oregon State University and others at Portland State University.
While at Portland Community College/Rock Creek Campus I served as the Multicultural Center Coordinator, Dean of Student Development, Interim Campus President and Chicano/Latino Studies adjunct faculty.
I currently serve on the board of Centro Cultural and Adelante Mujeres.
I was a member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).