Recognizing distinguished alumni from Oceanside High School
After graduating from OHS in 1963, Gloria attended Oceanside Carlsbad Junior College, and was instrumental in naming the newly-constructed campus on Barnard Drive, MiraCosta College. Becoming it’s first student body president on the new campus, Gloria helped to establish it’s innovative direction.
Moving to Mexico City to continue her study of Spanish, Gloria met and married her husband Luis. Remaining in Mexico to raise her family, Gloria worked for the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Queretaro, Mexico where they lived. While there she worked as the Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Director of Faculty Resources in coordinating study-abroad programs for faculty, and developing new university projects including the feasibility study for a university hospital. Gloria also acted as the Library Director and taught English-as-a-Second Language to business executives, university students at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
After moving back to Oceanside/Carlsbad with her family, Gloria immediately got involved in helping the Hispanic community, serving on the County of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission, the county’s Department of Transborder Affairs, Congressman’s Ron Packard’s North County Immigration Study Group, the Hispanic Advisory Group to County Supervisor John MacDonald, and the Hispanic Advisory Council for Cal State San Marcos. Gloria served as the Migrant Issues Coordinator for the City of Encinitas where she addressed important community issues and concerns regarding immigrant workers, businesses, and residents, establishing San Diego County’s first municipal Jobs Center.
As a free-lance bilingual writer for the Blade-Citizen in the 1980’s, in her column “Tribuna Informativa” Gloria was able to bring important Hispanic issues to the public’s attention. Gloria served on the governing Board of the MiraCosta Community College District for almost 20 years.
Currently she and her husband are the owners and founders of Inter-Lingua, a Spanish translation, interpretation, consulting and bilingual support business. They also write Bilingual Safety publications for businesses. Staying involved and helping the Hispanic community remains her goal. She currently serves on the Carlsbad Police Department’s Juvenile Justice Program. Gloria and Luis have two sons, Luis Esteban and Juan Andrés and four grandchildren.