County Extension Agent/SNAP-Ed
BA in Community Health Education from the University of Puerto Rico
Presently working to complete a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior from Georgia State University
Certified Health Education Specialist Certification, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, License # 7672
Other certifications include: Master Evaluators Certificate, Healthy Homes Practitioner, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Radon Ventilation, Mitigation and Measurement, Bridging the Gap- Medical Interpreter Training, Child Passenger Technician Certification, Diabetes Educator Basic and Advance Course-Puerto Rico Endocrinology Society
Georgia Affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
I am originally from Cayey, Puerto Rico and have called Georgia home since 1998. I live in Gwinnett County, and have two daughters who are married to two very special gentlemen. Edlyn teaches second grade in Henry County and my daughter Edelí is a lawyer in Manhattan.
How long have you been working with Extension?
I started to work at DeKalb Extension in May of 2007. My first assignment was to educate Metro area residents about the dangers of radon-induced lung cancer. As a seasoned family and consumer sciences agent, I have worked in educating families about nutrition, healthy eating, cancer prevention, diabetes management, healthy homes and brain development, among other topics, both in English and Spanish. I am currently working with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program Education (SNAP-Ed).
What originally attracted you to Extension work and what would you say is the best part of the job?
As a young college student in Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity to complete a field experience working with an Extension agent teaching nutrition to families living in a rural area in the center of the island. I can say that my family has long ties to Extension, since my mom was also a volunteer for the home economics club in my hometown. Extension provides a unique opportunity to reach out to diverse audiences with research-based education. The best part of my job is having the satisfaction of serving families, while doing something that produces joy and pride.
Can you tell us about any role models or inspirations you might have?
I consider myself a blessed individual. First, I have two wonderful parents who worked very hard to provide my siblings and me with an invaluable education. I am the first college graduate in my family. I also received encouragement from the best teachers in the world, and have worked with very committed individuals during my professional life. My daughters continue to inspire me to be the best I can be!
Any favorite books or movies?
I would have to say that instead of having a favorite book or movie, I draw my entertainment and motivation from music. I love salsa and other types of musical expressions because they move my soul … and sometimes my feet as well.
What has been your proudest moment as an Extension agent?
I have had many proud moments as an extension professional. They include working with very committed co-workers in and outside of our state and serving people with information they can use. It brings satisfaction to see the “Aha” moment expressions from a class participant!
What are some of your hobbies or favorite activities outside of work?
I love having an active lifestyle! Nowadays, I spend most of my time studying for my masters in public health; but I always try to make time to travel, attend a good concert, and go dancing or just spending time with family and friends.
If you weren’t an Extension agent, what other line of work do you think you would have pursued?
I would probably be the director of a creative department.