I am a Tampa native of Italian and Spanish heritage. My father’s parents immigrated from Italy, and my mothers parents came to Tampa from Spain. I have lived and gone to school in Tampa my entire life, graduating from Leto High School in 1970. I attended the University of South Florida and pursued my education in Civil and Water Resource Engineering. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1975 and a master's degree in 1977.
During graduate school, I was married and have two wonderful children, a daughter, 27, and a son, 24. I have been single now for 15 years, spend a lot of time with my children, have a busy career, lots of hobbies and volunteer frequently. A number of years after graduation, I became the founding president of the USF College of Engineering Alumni Society for a five-year period and was on the USF Alumni Association Board of Directors.
My work career has now spanned over 30 years, the last 26 of which I have been a consultant at URS Corporation. My specialty is water-related projects, and my geographic area of responsibility is Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America, so I have traveled extensively in North and South America during the last 20 years and worked on many interesting projects. The most interesting at this time is the expansion and construction of the new Panama Canal.
In early 2005, I started to feel ill and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I immediately came to Moffitt and have been through several types of treatments. I began with a clinical trial in mid -2005 and moved to a State of the Science Radiation treatment in July 2006. I was diagnosed to be in remission for 18 months and in early 2008 had a relapse. I entered a second clinical trial which resulted in a second remission diagnosis in late 2008. I have been on a quarterly maintenance program since that time.
I am thankful for the care and attention give to me here at Moffitt. I began my volunteer work at Moffitt with “Speak Out for Moffitt,” which I still periodically participate in. I feel honored to have been selected to serve on the Patient & Family Advisory Council and hope I can have a positive effect on the current and future patients and family members who pass through our doors. My current areas of focus with the Patient and Family Advisory Council are as an interface with the Facilities Group on expansion projects and my new assignment as Editor of the PARTNERS Newsletter. Other Moffitt volunteer efforts have been work with the Clinical Trial Video, Miles for Moffitt, Christmas gift distribution and many other rewarding activities.