|Where did you study?
|University of Portland
|How long have you worked in the field of ID/DD?
|Have you worked in any other interesting/notable positions or fields?
|Supervisor in residential care for migrant youth.
|List any additional pertinent continuing education you have done.
|Extensive crisis training, extensive cultural competency training, incredible years group facilitator
|What is your philosophy about your work?
|In Lak’ech Ala K’in – I am you, you are me.
|Describe a professional moment/event that you are very proud of.
|When I’ve gotten the opportunity to witness healing – I’m mostly most proud of myself when I’m proud of the folks I work with.
|Do you have any professional mentors? If so, describe that relationship.
|I have had mentors who’ve taught me that there is a teacher in everyone if you’re willing to listen.
|What are some of your favorite things about working for Among Friends?
|The nuance in all we do.
A little fun information to get to know Cristina
|What do you like to do outside of work? Any hobbies?
|I am a bit of a “hobby hoarder”! I love to read, work with clay, and collage. I also love to spend time with my family over meals from my culture.
|Do you have pets? Tell us about them.
|I have a 6 month old goldfish named Juan. No one expected him to live past the 2 week mark. Take that, world!
|Describe your living situation.
|I have recently moved to Portland from a smaller town at the foot of the Gorge!
|Do you have any children? How old are they? Tell us about them.
|I don’t have any children.
|Where are you from originally? What got you to Oregon (or wherever you are right now)?
|I am originally from San Luis Potosi! I moved to the US when I was 7, but hope to be back soon!
|What effect did the quarantine have on your personal/work life?
|It helped me realize I’m a happy home body!
|Where is somewhere you’ve traveled? What are some things you liked about where you went? What was that experience like?
|I recently traveled to Puerto Rico! I loved the community and kindess that was extended towards me in the form of food, good conversations, and smiles.
|What was your first concert? How old were you?
|I was 12 at the Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers concert!
|What is one of your favorite books, movies, or bands? Why?
|My absolute favorite book is the Four Agreements- I wish I could gift one to everyone I meet!
|Describe one of your favorite meals.
|Chilaquiles – a traditional Mexican breakfast that feels like home.