Gonzales was born and raised in Brighton and attended the Community College of Denver for a few semesters then transferred to Metro State University where she attended for a short period time. She also worked for the Adams County School District, involved in migrant education and in language testing. She married her childhood friend, Raymond Gonzales, and they moved to Washington, D.C. as a result of his career change. His career took them to Dallas where Gonzales attended University of North Texas. Their two children (Alejandro, 15, and Jacqueline, 11) were born during this time and the couple later moved to Albuquerque where Gonzales worked with the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. She enrolled in the University of Phoenix and the Gonzales returned to Brighton. Gonzales received a degree in business marketing in 2010. She has been working with CASA since 2008, first in the capacity of recruiter and outreach advocate, development director and was recently promoted to executive director. The Gonzales’ love to entertain and she is a self-proclaimed soccer mom. She has served on the Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) and on various non-profit boards in Brighton.
ABOUT CASA ADAMS COUNTY
CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties was founded 12 years ago with the purpose of recruiting and advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. Gonzales oversees 13 employees and CASA lists over 280 active volunteers.
HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Gonzales admits, “… high school was the most fun years. It had a small-town feel that was a great experience. However, when I stepped into college, there was a lack of preparation. The school has since evolved but you can’t let those type of experiences be a barrier.”
MESSAGE TO YOUTH
“Do not limit yourself to the opportunities out there. Focus on your strong points, because what you think you can do now, could be so much more later. Also, identify a sponsor who helps push your career along.”
“My leadership path has really come from the area of service to my community.”