In 1980 I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and was adopted eight months later to the United States with my twin sister, where I was raised by an Italian American family in upstate NY. I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Afterwards, I completed a Master degree in Social Work from Monmouth University with a specialization in International and Community Development.
My 13+ years experience in Social Work has been primarily centered around children, youth, and families, preventing the separation of families and reunifying families in the foster care system. I also spent four years as a school Social Worker in the public school system in Washington, DC. I served as a Peace Corp volunteer in the youth, family, and community sector in the Dominican Republic from 2005-07 focusing on youth development, education, and community development projects.
I first learned of my biological family circa 2008 after a contact was able to locate them with the information that we had from our adoption papers. I was finally able to meet them in 2012, after I had time to emotionally prepare myself to make contact and for the encounter. In October 2016 I moved to Bogotá, Colombia and happily continue to reside in Bogotá to this day.