Ana María García
A native from Chicago, IL, Ana María García has been an active member of the Quad Cities since her arrival forty-one years ago. Her father, a Mexican national, arrived to the U.S. in 1942 as part of the Bracero program. Her mother was born in Texas in 1923 to Mexican parents who arrived in 1916 to the U.S., right at the time of the Mexican Revolution. She is the mother of three grown children and is blessed with 9 grandchildren.
Maryanne has a rich employment history in the Quad Cities. She worked in the telephone company, and for eight years was production expeditor for International Harvester Farmall Works in Rock Island. Since the beginning of her professional career she provided assistance in interpretation and translation for her family and friends. In 1991 she entered the Health Care field, and became a licensed LPN in the states of Illinois and Iowa. In August of 1999 she was honored with the "Model of Excellence Award" from Trinity Health System. As a nurse, she enjoyed interpreting for Spanish speaking clients in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, or for hospitalized and/or cardiac patients undergoing surgery. In July 1999 she became a licensed realtor for Illinois and Iowa, while continuing her services to the community through translation and referral. She also received the company-wide “Excellence in Service Award” from Ruhl-Ruhl Realtors for the years 2003 and 2004. One of her greatest satisfactions is helping first time homebuyers in their efforts to establish roots in the U.S.
In addition to her continued, albeit informal work for her community, Maryanne became a member of Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities in 2000, first as a volunteer and board member, and later as an employee in the position of health care and family advocate (2009-March 2012). Starting in April 2012 she became community liaison for the Palomares Social Justice Center.