I am an immigrant from the small Central American country of El Salvador. My wife and I are raising our four boys, ages 11, 10, 8, and an infant, in Amherst. We officially settled in Amherst 4 years ago when we bought our first home so that our kids could benefit from the quality education that Amherst offers. We were also drawn to the area because of the diversity found here.
I grew up and went to public school in the town of Framingham, MA and later went to college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Not long after my first fall semester in 2000, I enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and began a journey that would teach me how to persevere and get through the obstacles life throws at you. Today, I am a proud US combat veteran dedicated to helping other veterans transition from the military to civilian life.
Because of my life experiences, I have worked with a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life and am very civic-minded. From the war-torn streets of Iraq to working as Outreach Coordinator for the Mass Department of Veteran Service, to rolling burritos at Bueno Y Sano, to running a non-profit organization that helps veterans and their families transition, to coaching soccer for young athletes here in Amherst, I care deeply about my community.