My parents are Portuguese immigrants who chose Danbury, Connecticut to pursue the American dream and to start a family. They challenged me to challenge myself, and after graduating from Danbury High School, I followed their encouragement by earning a BBA in accounting from Western Connecticut State University. My graduation marked a historic note as I am the first in my family to graduate from college. Challenged further by employers such as IBM and Arthur Andersen, I earned my CPA and continue to grow in a career of accounting management.
But while work has rewarded me in many ways, it is my family that is my greatest gift from God. I am married to a caring man with whom we have raised two wonderful children. My parents whole-heartedly agree on that accomplishment!