Patty is the Cooking For Salud® Coordinator at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center. She was born in Tijuana, Baja California and obtained her B.A in Foreign Trade and Customs at Universidad Iberoamericana del Noroeste in Tijuana. After years as a volunteer at Olivewood, the Children’s Home Society of California offered her intensive training about a nutrition curriculum in Spanish, which helped to open the doors to the National City families and community. After 2 years teaching families nutrition and cooking in their own homes, Patty was highly motivated to have a higher and deeper impact in the community and became a Resident Leadership Academy facilitator. She found her real passion in the combination of teaching about nutrition, cooking and leading the Kitchenistas®, since then they have become a driving force in the community.