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Have you ever heard the saying “we cannot change the cards were dealt, just how we play the hand” -Randy Pausch. Well like many, I have had my share of personal hardships. My parents divorced when I was nine. After that, my father remained absent and my mother became beset with alcohol problems. My family became quite impoverished. By the time I was sixteen, I worked full time and lived on my own. Through everything, I maintained faith, focus and the perseverance to succeed.

 

Naively, I married as a teenager and while the marriage itself was difficult and short-lived, I was blessed with two beautiful daughters. As a young single mother, I held multiple jobs because I was determined to raise my daughters in a loving stable home, away from poverty. By the age of 25, I was fortunate to meet my husband of 29 years and return to school to earn my high school diploma. We built a house in Volusia County in 1990, where we still reside today.

 

In 1993, I attended Daytona Beach Community College where I received an Associate of Arts Degree followed by earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies with a Minor Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida in Orlando. I graduated from there in 1996 with a 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude. In 1999, I graduated from law school at the University of Florida, in Gainesville where I obtained my Juris Doctorate degree.

 

Today, I am excited to report that with faith, my mother has been sober for almost thirty years and is married to a wonderful man that I am honored to have as a step-father. My daughters, who I am extremely proud of, have since married. They too have homes in Volusia County and have blessed me with four amazing grandchildren. Wow, life is great!

 


 


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