By Ramona Ortega-Liston

Dr. Ramona Ortega is the daughter of Mexican migrants that immigrated to the USA within the 1930’s looking the yankee dream. After enduring years of actual and emotional trouble through the 1950’s, Ramona and contributors of her huge relatives came upon the desires they sought. this can be the inspiring tale of 1 of the 9 young ones born to Maria and Blas Ortega who got down to pursue her personal American dream. Her identify is Ramona.

Not letting the stifling poverty she knew as a baby cease her Ramona moved from the Iowa cornfields to Arizona pursuing her dream of going to varsity. She was once successful in her academic quest effectively incomes an affiliate of Arts measure from Scottsdale group university (with maximum distinction), a Bachelor of technological know-how measure (magna cum laude) from Arizona nation college (ASU) and a Master’s measure from Harvard college. yet she was once now not comprehensive happening to earn a doctorate from ASU ultimately turning into an affiliate professor on the college of Akron the place she was once named one among six “Women “Trailblazers.” Ramona pursued different features of her American dream by means of volunteering for the Bush-Cheney Transition workforce (2000-2001) later turning into a Co-Host for the Presidential Inaugural Committee Awards Luncheon “Leave No baby Behind.” And, definite, Ramona danced at 4 presidential inaugural balls!

Ramona has decades of public carrier to her credits changing into a constitution Member of the ASU study Park Board of administrators and a member of the Arizona Governor’s alternate Delegation to Japan. She is the recipient of 3 prestigious presidential appointments. She used to be appointed via the Reagan management to the group faculties of the Air strength Board of tourists and acquired the celebrated Air strength Award for Meritorious Civilian provider. subsequent Ramona used to be appointed via the George H. W. Bush management to the military Command and common employees collage Advisory Board and to the nationwide Advisory Committee on pupil monetary tips. Ramona’s many tiered profession comprises being an affiliate within the funding banking enterprise of Boettcher and corporate and she or he later served as director of the Unaccompanied Minors take care of Care application (UMSCP) receiving particular acceptance via the U.S. workplace of the Inspector common for making a version safeguard for unaccompanied minors.

Dr. Ortega’s curiosity in executive and politics all started as a Scottsdale neighborhood collage scholar aide to Sandra Day O’Connor in 1975 later turning into Deputy Administrative Assistant to Congressman John McCain (now U.S. Senator). She has been a dynamic speaker on Hispanic and women’s concerns at Harvard college and Radcliffe collage and is a printed writer. between her many study courses are articles at the variables influencing public area careers of Hispanics and ladies in larger education.

Only in the US can a daughter of Mexican migrants develop as much as accomplish the issues Ramona has and to dwell her thought of the yankee Dream; few anticipated that she may develop into an international vacationer offering educational papers on six of the seven continents. Ramona’s tale is inspirational and illustrates that via exertions and academic instruction someone can upward push above their humble beginnings and luxuriate in the culmination of an self reliant and brave spirit.

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