Ever since I could remember I wanted to become a professional to help people. However, coming from immigrant parents and being born in Italy, it was difficult to overcome the tradition of getting married and having a family. I finally convinced my father to allow me to go to college. When I graduated, I decided to go for my Masters in Social Work even though I saw my family and my friends get married, that was not my priority.
After receiving my Masters Degree and working in a community hospital, I knew that I wanted more, so I began my journey trying to get into medical school. I decided to go to my native country, Italy, to study medicine and graduated when I was in my 30’s. I then decided to create my own baby which was Neighborhood Counseling Center. As my baby became more independent and took on a life of its own, I decided to create a new program, Brooklyn Women Services. I secretly always wanted to be a mother but never met anyone that I wanted to commit to.
After creating the Women’s Center I was in my 40’s. At this point I felt I wanted to pursue being a mother. However, it became challenging since I was older, single and I left no stone unturned. I finally found an agency in Louisiana who worked with me. At the age of 48 I became the mother of a beautiful little girl named Lucia (which means light in Italian). Being a mother changed my life, although my hard work trying to make an impact in our community was important, being a mother gave me new purpose.