Berenice is honestly one of the hardest working people I know. I was fortunate enough to be able to know her a year before she graduated from Southwestern University – as I was entering when she was graduating. However, during that year, she was an extremely valuable resource and mentor to me as I found my way into organizations, clubs, and university life. Since graduation, I have kept in contact with Berenice. She continues to be as much of an inspiration to me now as she was then. She has literally gone all over the world to study, work, learn, and grow in order prepare herself to be the greatest asset to colleagues, community, friends, family, and herself as possible. Berenice has the rare gift being able to keep everything in perspective. Although she has wondrous drive and has achieved several accomplishments, she never takes anything for granted and and is always willing to share her wisdom. She is never complacent. She is constantly improving.
Berenice recently graduated with a masters in Social Work and Community and Administrative Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin, and has just accepted a position with Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The organization specializes in helping residents truly build their community. This is their mission statement:
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.
Good job Bere…we’re all proud of you! Keep up the good work!