I live in Austin, Texas, am married to Deborah and have two girls, Victoria and Sophie.
I was born in Canada and grew up in Barre, Vermont and Erie, Pennsylvania. I have also lived in Barcelona, Spain; New York City; Ithaca, New York; Richardson), Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas; Monroe, Connecticut, Tupper Lake, New York and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I am half Spanish and half Dominican. My mother is from Catalunya and my father was from Santo Domingo.
I received a Bachelors’ Degree from Gannon University in Spanish Language and Literature and hold a Masters’ Degree from Cornell University in Healthcare Administration. I am primarily a self-taught photographer with the exception of 2 summer workshops at the Maine Media Workshops and 1 summer working there as a teaching assistant there.
By the time I had finished my undergraduate degree I had worked as a landscaper and ski instructor. My first job out of college was as a technical translator for General Electric. I translated instruction, inspection, operations and maintenance manuals for GE diesel/electric locomotives. I spent a summer working as a teaching assistant at the Maine Media Workshops and then moved to Austin where I quickly found a job with a company that manufactured Mylar (metallic) balloons. They needed a salesman that could speak Spanish directly with the maquiladora factory in Guadalajara, Mexico.
I am currently the Executive Director of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, a trade association that represents more than 430 ambulatory surgery centers in Texas. Before that, I spent most of my career managing surgery centers, serving as Administrator for surgery centers in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Mesquite, Texas and Austin, Texas. I also have experience as a Regional VP managing 7 Texas surgery centers for a publicly traded company and served as CEO of a physician owned hospital. I took a break from healthcare management and worked as a salesman for Cemco, a family-owned business that manufactures mobile concrete batching and mixing systems.