Born in the Dominican Republic, Cynthia immigrated to Central Florida with her family in 1981. Though Florida is now known for having a large Latino population, at that time and in that area, language appropriate services for immigrants were lacking. Cynthia served as the interpreter for her parents and their friends at various services. It was in helping them that she first developed a passion for social services. She went on to attend the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1996. After graduation, she started working with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). She first worked with developmentally and physically disabled individuals and then became a Child Protective Investigator.
After moving to North Carolina in 2004, Cynthia continued her child welfare work as a Foster Care and Adoptions social worker. Needing a change, in 2008, Cynthia joined the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project, where she served with Reading Connections and taught ESOL. As the end of her second term approached, she applied for the project’s Training Coordinator position, which had become available. Cynthia now provides a variety of trainings for AmeriCorps members and site supervisors. In addition, Cynthia works with the CNNC’s Interpreter ACCESS Project to facilitate the Foundations of Professional Interpreting trainings and is helping to develop additional interpreter workshops. Cynthia resides in High Point with her family and a multitude of “fur babies”. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at UNCG. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, crafting and writing short fiction.