Party affiliation: Republican
Volunteer teacher Our Lady of Sorrows School, McAllen, Texas, 1988-1998, counseling intern, 1992—1995. Private practice counseling children, since 1996. Presenter professional continuing education workshops, parenting training.
Co-author children's books in English and Spanish.
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Board directors Diocese of Brownsville School Council, 1997-2000. Member of Association Play Therapists, Texas Association Play Therapy (board director 1997-1999, treas since 2002), Rio Grande Valley Association Play Therapy (president 1997-1999, 2000-2001), Border Equestrian Sports Association (secretary 1992), Phi Kappa Phi.