I was born to Lucio and Maria, daring immigrants from Argentina. My sister, Jennifer and I were raised in a spacious apartment, on the 17th floor of one of Pratt Institute’s student housing complexes in Brooklyn, NY, where my father was the building manager and owner of a small grocery and deli on the first floor. My parents worked tirelessly to raise us to one day become accomplished women. The 1980’s were an exciting time to grow up in Pratt’s campus. Our “back yard” was a continual exploration of the endless limits of creativity. One Fall, to welcome freshmen, all seventeen floors were transformed by the residents into a mini golf course! Our neighbors, and playmates, were college kids who also happened to be brilliant artists. As one of the few kids living in the dorm, we became the “mascots” of the hall, and often participated in many of the students’ creative projects. My parents gave us the freedom to explore this imaginative world.
My imagination didn’t stop as a little girl in Brooklyn. It led me to the stages of the Moscow Art Theatre where I earned an MFA degree in acting from Carnegie Mellon University. As a young women, I pounded the familiar streets of New York City in search of my big break and struggled through a lifestyle of auditions, rehearsals, odd jobs and performances for three years. Although I achieved some notoriety, an outstanding “New York Times” review for my first off-Broadway performance and the publication of a play I co-wrote, I felt something was missing.
When tragedy struck New York City on September 11th 2001, I found the courage to abandon my obsession for fame and pursue a career in the service of others. Shortly thereafter, I enrolled into prerequisite courses toward nursing programs, while volunteering weekly for the Emergency Department at Beth Israel Medical Center. I graduated from Nursing School and have been working as a post-operative nurse for 10 years now. I am thankful God led me to a rewarding career and a blessed life with my husband.
I now use my creativity and imagination to serve my church and community through music ministry and giving talks on living a better life through Christ. God wastes no gift and uses even our wrong turns for His greater glory!