My mother was born in Texas and had a sixth grade education. My father was an immigrant from Mexico who came to the US with a third grade education and his American Dream. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for fifty years and was a proud union member. Despite of their education level, my parents believed in raising a family of responsible citizens by teaching us the importance of our voting rights and getting involved with the community.
I became a first-generation college graduate, earning a bachelor and a masters degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. I moved to Kansas in 1993 and have been a proud resident of Shawnee for the past 22 years. I legally married my partner of twenty years one month before she passed away.
For 25 years, I have worked as a licensed clinical social worker in Kansas and Missouri working with adults who have severe mental illness. I currently work at Truman Medical Center/Behavioral Health in Kansas City, MO.
My upbringing, education, career, and relationships have taught me the value of public education, community advancement, affordable healthcare, civil rights, and much more.
In 2018, I was honored to be elected as your state representative in District 23--it is truly the honor of my lifetime. I hope to earn your vote as I seek re-election in 2020.