Cathy DeLaRosa is a Live & Learn Alumna, a wife and mother, and a Board Certified Respiratory Therapist. A Phoenix native, Cathy attended Pima Medical Institute after high school to pursue her dream of a career in medicine, a career that would allow her to help others in their moments of greatest need. Cathy excelled academically, but struggled to find full-time employment. For years, the strain of underemployment put overwhelming stress on Cathy and her young family. Finally, she found Live & Learn. “Live & Learn wasn’t just supportive with school and finding a job; they helped with my home life. They listened and understood no matter what was going on.” Thanks to Live & Learn, Cathy now has the job she always dreamed of: she is a Respiratory Therapist at Honorhealth Shea in Phoenix. As part of the Advisory Council for Live & Learn, Cathy provides guidance to other women pursuing medical careers, and she offers invaluable perspective on program design to the Live & Learn Board of Directors and staff.
Esmeralda works as a floater teacher at Chicanos Por La Causa's Early Head Start. She comes from a Hispanic family and is the first in her family to graduate college. She arrived in the United States at age fifteen and faced many difficulties due to the language barrier. This didn't keep her from pursuing her goals. With Live & Learn's support, she was able to pursue her education, beginning with a Childhood Development Associate credential. From there, she continued to Phoenix College, where she graduated in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Elementary Education. Live & Learn motivated her to go further. In December 2019, Esmeralda obtained her Bachelors of Art degree in Early Childhood Education. Live & Learn has helped her follow her dreams, allowing Esmeralda to give her children a better life. Esmeralda believes Live & Learn is a great asset to helping women succeed and achieving their goals.
Adelaine Sin is a Senior Director Strategic Alliances at Experian Information Solutions in Costa Mesa, California. In her role, she works on developing and expanding key partnerships within the mortgage industry, including pursuing M&A opportunities. During her tenure at Experian, Adelaine has held various positions such as product / program management and vertical market development for business information and marketing services divisions. She was responsible for developing strategies and managing partnerships with global social media and digital marketing entities. Early in her professional career, Adelaine worked for Dun & Bradstreet in Orange, California. Adelaine supports various organizations in the community such as University of California Irvine’s Executive Mentoring program as a mentor since 2014 and Compassion International as a sponsor since 2000. Adelaine holds Bachelor and MBA degrees from California State University Fullerton.
Brian is a vocational education specialist, with extensive knowledge of training and employment opportunities in the healthcare industry. He understands the challenges and obstacles facing at-risk individuals enrolling in vocational training, and has a proven ability to develop successful action plans that culminate in graduation and employment. Brian holds a BS in CIS and worked for AT&T in his early professional career. Brian joined Pima Medical Institute in 2008 where he is responsible for Admission Compliance and Community Outreach.