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Vanessa grew up in the Skagit Valley as a second-generation Mexican American and is an enrolled Samish Indian Nation tribal member. She has several years experience working in the medical community, supporting the medical offices ranging from primary care to specialty clinics. She joined NSACH in 2019 and provides team support, network building, and assists with COVID response efforts.

Her family inspires her to help improve the lives of others. “Coming from an immigrant family, I understand the work it takes to keep climbing to improve my life. My Grandfather who came here from Mexico with nothing and was a farmworker for decades, has molded me to be the hard working person I am. Being an Indigenous woman and the teachings that my family taught me how to give back with blessings that I have been given. Working for the ACH has given me the opportunities to make a difference in the communities that I come from. As I learn and grow in my professional career, I hope to make more of a difference in the future to marginalized communities.”

“Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power- not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist” — bell hooks

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