My family moved to Tucson in 1946 when I was a year old. My parents bought a home about five miles from Tucson in an area that is now known as Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood. I still live in that same home.
When I was 10 years old, we lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for a year. I went to a Mexican school where I learned Spanish. I later attended TUSD schools, and matriculated into the University of Arizona majoring in secondary education. After spending some time as a teacher, I decided to start my own business doing home repairs. I did my own bookkeeping and subsequently added a business as a bookkeeper.
In 1985, I moved to Oakland, California to go to graduate school. I received a master's degree in transpersonal counseling psychology, earned my license as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor, and worked as a Child Welfare Worker in Oakland.
I returned to Tucson and the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood in 1996 to care for my mother who passed in 1998. It was around this time, I co-founded and helped incorporate the Old Fort Lowell Live-At-Home program. I was later employed as the coordinator for the program.
I was elected to the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association council and subsequently elected president. I was also appointed to the Fort Lowell Historic District Advisory Board by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
I joined Tucson Organic Gardeners and was elected President. One and a half years ago I joined the Libertarian Party of Pima County and was elected Secretary.