- B.A. in English with a Concentration in Literature, UNIR, Brazil
- M.A. Ciências Humanas (Social Studies), UNIR, Brazil
- M.A. Counseling, Eastern Mennonite University
- Born and raised in Manaus, Brazil, I have spent my early years listening to vivid Amazon legends and myths. I had no idea how these stories would influence my personal and professional life. Even as a child, I loved listening to people's stories, and thinking about them.
- I have been working with Latinos for over 15 years.
- My first experience came as a consultant to a program in the small town of Guajara-Mirim, Brazil. There I learned about the challenges of living in the border between Bolivia and Brazil, and how the clash of two different cultures could influence an entire community in a daily basis. I helped adolescents and young adults to volunteering in their community to develop self-esteem, work ethics, and sense of citizenship.
- When still in Brazil, I have worked as a contributor on education issues to a local newspaper called "Jornal do Comércio" in Manaus. During this period I have also worked as a career coach and motivational speaker.
- I have been developing an approach called CASA that stands for "Curiosidad, Apoyo, Simpatía, and Asistencia" to work with Latino families in a home-based therapy setting.
- I am currently a resident in counseling at Specialized Youth Service of Va., and a Graduate Assistant at James Madison University Health Center in the Substance Abuse Prevention Program.
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
- Multicultural Counseling
- Oral History