Doris was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In 2002, after completing her masters in Counseling Psychology, she moved to Miami, Florida where she worked as a Mental Health Counselor. While living in Miami, she met her husband, Juan Pablo, who is a winemaker from Mendoza, Argentina. Attracted by Oregon’s growing wine industry they moved to Oregon and have lived here for the last 10 years.
Oregon presented new challenges for Doris who for the first time faced the barriers that immigrant and minorities often face. This process led her to continuing her doctoral studies and completing a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies and masters in Public Health from Oregon State University.
As a bilingual/bicultural professional, she knows firsthand the challenges faced by organizations when diversifying their workforce and their program services. Through these experiences, Doris’ interest in diversity and intercultural communication issues has grown even more, particularly in the areas of health and human services. Her areas of interest include program development and evaluation, community organizing, program planning and multicultural competence in human services and public health.
In her free time, Doris enjoys spending time with her husband and friends hiking and rock climbing, but her favorite thing is to spoil her baby boy Francisco Emmanuel.