Breaking Barriers. Building A Future.
Pueblo is and will always be my home. It is where I choose to live. It is where I choose to work and it is where I choose to devote my time to serve alongside the citizens of this community listening, imagining and working to promote the passion and momentum currently present among so many organizations, businesses and neighborhoods.
Life is made of a series of little moments woven together to create a beautiful tapestry of perseverance, resiliency and determination. Coming from a family where my grandfather worked at CF&I and my papa worked his way from school teacher to principal to college professor, I have learned the value of hard work and having pride in a community that has given so much to my family and I. Being born, raised and educated in Pueblo has provided me with the tools and experience to carry on the tradition my family started all those years ago.
Early on, I learned the value of never giving up and being able to do anything I put my mind to even if it meant doing things a little differently. When I was three years old, I was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy. While the specific form has never been identified, it has impacted the strength in my hands and legs making everyday tasks a little more difficult. This physical impediment has been a constant learning opportunity for me as I have maneuvered all of life’s twists and turns and it has allowed me to overcome many obstacles through hard work, determination and perseverance, something my parents instilled in me from a very early age. My disability doesn’t define who I am as a person. Rather, it allows me to see the world from a different perspective, has given me a platform to believe I can do good in the world and has pushed me to be caring and empathetic towards all people because you never truly know what someone may be going through.
After graduating from CSU-Pueblo with a degree in mass communications as well as receiving a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, I have been fortunate enough to work for numerous organizations here in Pueblo including Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo Triple Aim Corporation and Health Solutions, all who are committed to helping this community and its people. I currently serve as the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Catholic Charities, Pueblo’s Family Resource Center where I am responsible for developing a common vision through community collaboration to ensure children are ready to enter kindergarten and families have the resources they need. It is through this work where I have found my passion for giving back through servant leadership. I am also involved in numerous volunteer opportunities including serving on the Boards of Directors for The McClelland School and The Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce. The notion that together we are stronger than any one of us can be strong alone has become the cornerstone for my work both personally and professionally.
Through my work in the community, I have been the recipient of many recognitions, most notable the Hometown Hero Award in 2017 presented at the AMR Safety Jam and the 2017 Pueblo Heroes Award from the Pueblo Human Relations Commission. These awards serve as both a nice reminder of the path I’ve taken thus far, but also motivation to continue working towards the causes that have become so important to me. It is through this motivation that I find my next opportunity for impact by running for City Council.
This campaign and the subsequent work that will come after the election will be built on three guiding principles… working together, transparency and accessibility and . In short, “Breaking Barriers and Building a Future.”