I am a...
...gay Puerto Rican Vermonter who celebrates my Indigenous (Taíno), African (Nigerian - Yoruba), and European roots. I know that each of our experiences are unique.
I promise to listen and learn from yours.
My husband and I own a farm in Athens, VT. We aim to attract and sustain Queer & BIPOC community through:
Meaningful Land Sharing
Culturally-Vital Food Production
From 14 to 26, I used the performing arts as a tool for health and social change. These are the kind of programs I organized:
Youth Entrepreneurship Training
Senior Fitness Programs
Family Cultural Events
Social Justice Advocate
I've held many positions in Vermont that enabled me to advocate for opportunity:
Community Representative - Governor's Racial Equity Task Force
Co-Chair - Windham County NAACP Health Justice Committee
LGBTQ+ Leadership Council - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH)
Data Systems Expert
I am a system's thinker. I implement simple, equitable, and people-oriented data system solutions for informed decision-making.
At BMH, I created a data warehouse to monitor and analyze hospital finances.
Through the Racial Justice Disparities Advisory Panel, I helped write a legislative report on the development of an ethical Vermont Social Justice Data Repository.
I've been homeless and I've been institutionalized. Chosen AND Blood family saved me. I believe livelihood in Vermont is being able to thrive in Vermont. And that takes a village.
In Athens, I am part of the Weather Emergency Committee where we plan for the physical, mental, and economic safety of our neighbors.