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Gina Val-Leiva

I am a 57 year old Cuban woman who has lived in the States since '61 and is interested in traveling. My dream is to go to Costa Rica with a group in their motor home. I am a friendly, good sense of humor, kids love me, play well with others, open-minded but moral, flexible and fun to be around person. I love cooking, singing, dancing and God. Not in that order. I have two grown daughters, one in Santa Cruz and one in Fort Lauderdale, California with an 7 year old grand daughter. I have worked as a translator and a Social Worker for the last 20 years and presently I am pursuing my passion for the theater by taking classes at the local college.

Profile Summary:
Spanish/English Translator Santa Cruz, CA
***** Star Service Provider Santa Cruz, CA
More About Me
Theater, dancing, singing. Pursuing being part of the solucion instead of the problem regarding world matters.
Work Experience:
I have been a model and dancer in my youth. Have raised my child alone so I have worked at a variety of jobs from supervisor in internal sales in a computer company to server in 5 star restaurants. Primarily I have worked as a Social Worker for the County of Santa Clara and for Non Profits in Santa Cruz which included Transportation Coordinator at the Red Cross in Santa Cruz, Community Worker at California Rural Legal, Inc. and Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County. I have also been a Notary Public and a Summon Server. I am sure I left some out. Fifty seven years of working since 14 is a loooooong time.
I married young and did not formaly finish my education although I have a B.S. in Life.
Organizations / Affilations:
Cuban Study Group in Santa Cruz, California and Pastors for Peace, with whom I just returned from a peaceful protest to Cuba to overturn the inhumane Embargo against the country.
I was also part of a Sister City agreement between Santa Cruz, CA. and
Guamma, Santiago de Cuba in 2005. I was part 31 delegates who travel to the southeastern part of the island. California Congressman from Monterey County, Sam Farr was also one of the delegates. I participated in 2001 with Santa Cruz Bible Church as a medical translator in El Salvador, where we went to check 50 houses we had built after the earthquake.
Gina Val-Leiva is located in Santa Cruz, CA and has the following skills: Spanish/English Translator, ***** Star Service Provider
Hospitality, Communications
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My Skills

Spanish/English Translator

Category: Communications
Speak, write and read English and Spanish fluently.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Primary language was Spanish. Learned English at 12 and translated all documentation that went through my household since childhood. Have been an uncredential English teacher for CET in 1987 for INS contract to document Mexican aliens. Worked for Santa Clara County since '87 as a certified bilingual worker and continued to do so in all my jobs since.
Years Experience: 45

***** Star Service Provider

Category: Hospitality
Fine cuisine service provider at 5 Star restaurants in Santa Clara County. Knowledge of ingredients, complimentary spirits, serving procedures and sales techniques to exclusive clientele in a sophisticated and amicable manner.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Michael's of Santa Clara,CA: Table-side flambes, Victoria Station by Stanford, Palo Alto, CA:
Years Experience: 1