Born and raised in Quito – Ecuador in the 60’s, aviation was always part of my life. My father formed an airline in late 50’s that was the flag airline for the country for many years.
For my brothers and me, flying was the usual and going from one place to another was the norm. I spend time with my dad and his captains in the cockpit and I was able to see their world with a different view.
I went to Law School and then I moved to the US in the early 80 to study Finance and became a banker for more than 30 years. Banking and Insurance has been part of my life for many years. When I got married, my husband had a private pilot license already so when we moved to California it became natural to become a pilot specially since the weather here gives the opportunity to fly often.
I became very involved with Women of Aviation International Week and I am the only Private Pilot that has a Jefferson Award for Public Service bringing women into the aviation world, in the Bay Area. I am very proud of that accomplishment given to me in March 2014.
The Aviation Industry needs to have more of us out there and as such, I am often talking and presenting in schools about aviation, its relationship to STEM and being able to inspired the future generation of pilots. It is also important to let them know that the aviation industry also includes people in different roles of management, business and engineering.