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By Ramona Ortega-Liston
Not letting the stifling poverty she knew as a baby cease her Ramona moved from the Iowa cornfields to Arizona pursuing her dream of going to school. She was once positive in her academic quest effectively incomes an affiliate of Arts measure from Scottsdale neighborhood university (with maximum distinction), a Bachelor of technology measure (magna cum laude) from Arizona nation collage (ASU) and a Master’s measure from Harvard collage. yet she used to be no longer complete happening to earn a doctorate from ASU ultimately changing into an affiliate professor on the collage of Akron the place she used to be named one in every of six “Women “Trailblazers.” Ramona pursued different elements of her American dream by means of volunteering for the Bush-Cheney Transition group (2000-2001) later turning into a Co-Host for the Presidential Inaugural Committee Awards Luncheon “Leave No baby Behind.” And, certain, Ramona danced at 4 presidential inaugural balls!
Ramona has decades of public carrier to her credits changing into a constitution Member of the ASU learn Park Board of administrators and a member of the Arizona Governor’s exchange Delegation to Japan. She is the recipient of 3 prestigious presidential appointments. She used to be appointed via the Reagan management to the group schools of the Air strength Board of tourists and got the distinguished Air strength Award for Meritorious Civilian provider. subsequent Ramona was once appointed via the George H. W. Bush management to the military Command and basic employees collage Advisory Board and to the nationwide Advisory Committee on pupil monetary assistance. Ramona’s many tiered profession contains being an affiliate within the funding banking enterprise of Boettcher and corporate and he or she later served as director of the Unaccompanied Minors protect Care software (UMSCP) receiving particular reputation by way of the U.S. place of work of the Inspector common for making a version defend for unaccompanied minors.
Dr. Ortega’s curiosity in executive and politics begun as a Scottsdale group university scholar aide to Sandra Day O’Connor in 1975 later turning into Deputy Administrative Assistant to Congressman John McCain (now U.S. Senator). She has been a dynamic speaker on Hispanic and women’s concerns at Harvard college and Radcliffe collage and is a broadcast writer. between her many study guides are articles at the variables influencing public region careers of Hispanics and ladies in better education.
Only in the United States can a daughter of Mexican migrants develop as much as accomplish the issues Ramona has and to reside her proposal of the yank Dream; few anticipated that she may turn into an international traveller offering educational papers on six of the seven continents. Ramona’s tale is inspirational and illustrates that via labor and academic guidance someone can upward thrust above their humble beginnings and revel in the culmination of an self sufficient and brave spirit.
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