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Biography

At the age of eight, my family immigrated to San Francisco from the Philippines.  Having spent my formative years in San Francisco, I ventured past the Bay Area and towards the Sacramento valley for my undergraduate education.  My decision to focus on Sociology was largely informed by my own personal experiences and my curiosity on notions of culture, assimilation, and health care issues. I graduated with my B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in 1994.  Soon after graduation, I took a much needed break from academia and spent several years in the workforce.  While working full-time, I pursued my M.A. in Sociology from California State University, East Bay and graduated in 2001.

Corporate life was not suitable for me, so I became adventurous.  My journey led me to the Southwest where I pursued my doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and graduated in 2006 with a Ph.D.  I gained additional research training in medical sociology as a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Michigan's NIMH Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Disparities in Mental Health Training Program.  I worked with Dr. David Takeuchi at the University of Washington in Seattle during my postdoctoral tenure, 2005-2007.

Since returning to California in 2007, I have enjoyed exploring the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas. I am particularly fond of the Eldorado and Sierra National Forests for outdoor activities. I have also come to appreciate the local wineries and friendly vintners in Amador, San Joaquin, and El Dorado Counties. On occasion, you might see me riding my People250 scooter along the Delta on Rt160, so watch out for motorists!  As a nature and food enthusiast, I hope to continue exploring the various outdoor activities and culinary cuisine in the area.