The CT Puerto Rican Agenda is proud to announce the addition of 6 new board members! they couldn't be coming on at a better time and we look forward to introducing them all to you at our Rally and Lobby Day for Puerto Rican Families on Feb 28th!
Glendaly Garcia, At-large
Glendaly Garcia was raised in Hartford, Connecticut where she attended Hartford Public Schools. For the past 19 years, she has been dedicated to serving her community as a sworn member of the Hartford Police Department. Early on in her career, she was challenged to rise through the ranks and become the first Latina in the history of HPD to attain the rank of
Sergeant. In 2003, Glendaly defined that proud moment when she was promoted from the rank of Detective to Sergeant. She currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and is the commander of the Crime Scene Division.
She earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy Law and Government from Trinity College, a Bachelor of Science in Health Care (emphasis in Respiratory Care) from the University of Hartford and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
from Tunxis Community College. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police, Session 60, the Southern Police Institute's 137th Administrative Officers Course, and the City of Hartford Middle Management Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Family Institute, Connecticut (NAFI).
Julie Rosali Garay, New London County Representative
Julie Rosali Garay was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico but was raised in New London, Connecticut. She is currently working on her bachelors in Sociology in Eastern Connecticut State University and hopes to pursue her masters in Higher Education. Since the age of 14 she has been involved in a small non-profit called F.R.E.S.H. New London where there main goal is to support and grow a sustainable and equitable food system in New London by educating and empowering youth and the community. Julie is currently the Youth Leadership Coordinator for the Youth Program working with young black and brown students, organizing and educating them on the impact they can have on there community.
Maybeth "Bita" Morales, At-large
"The pure joy I felt during each visit, is the same even to this day...there is no better feeling than the sensation one feels from being on la isla del encanto. Un sentimiento de orgullo that I know my children will feel one day."
A first generation Boricua, on the mainland, born and raised in Waterbury/Watertown, CT; Maybeth grew up in a household full of boricua pride, stories, history, art and food of her ancestors. Her fondest childhood memories are spending the summer months with her Abuela and Titi in Puerto Rico.
A current Waterbury resident, Maybeth has spent more than a decade working with non-profit agencies. Her work began in direct care settings, moving to entry level administration positions and advancing to leadership roles. She is currently the Director of Development & P.R. at Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury (NHSW), working to promote: affordable housing, homeownership and resident leaders.
Maybeth is committed to her community and can be seen out and about at local events, forums, cultural gatherings and more. She recently served as a board member of the Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury and the Minority Inclusion Project, Inc. With a passion to see her people thrive, Maybeth is proud to serve on the CT Puerto Rican Agenda board.
"We cannot depend on band-aid fixes to our isla. Our island and people have been robbed of too much since being colonized. I foresee a self-sustaining future for Puerto Rico. How can mi gente from la diaspora help? Have real conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. We need to advocate. Show up to the state capitol. Meet with legislatures. Let's do this for nuestra gente y nuestra isla."
Tiana Ocasio, At-Large
Tiana was the first family member born "Stateside", in New Haven, CT. Her parents are from Morovis & Arecibo. However, she graduated elementary and Middle school on the island. Considered an activist in her teens, there was rarely a rally you could keep her away from. For the past 16 years, she has worked for the Operating Engineers. Working her way to the position of Referral Manager. She sits on numerous Statewide boards and enjoys representing workers everywhere she goes.
She believes strongly in the CT-PRA's mission and also that we need more education and awareness about the issues is/was facing; Post and Prior Maria.
She is a mom of two young ladies who enjoys to hike and spend time outdoors when allowed :)
Eden Eve Rivera, Middlesex County Representative
Eden, born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in the small town of Portland, is a first generation college student. She is the first in her family that aims to achieve a Master's degree in Social Work and is a proud Puerto Rican veteran of the U.S. Army. Eden has strong identifications with the professional social work values- self-determination, fairness, promoting resources, and honoring the worth of each individual. She is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant and also as a Practicum Intern for both the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) and Just Community at the University of Connecticut-School of Social Work. These two organizations work to raise critical consciousness through educational programming, cultural competence, and to enhance the personal and professional development for the Latinx population.
Through these organizations Eden continues to advocate for the people of Puerto Rico and the relief efforts. She sees the resiliency of the people in need, but remains aware of the social, economic and political arrangements that decrease the likelihood of success for many communities. She has passion to work within collectives and to give voice to issues that affect under-served populations. One of her biggest strengths is the development of community capacity-building to create positive change.
Eden Rivera is an Alumna of Eastern Connecticut State University and holds a B.A. in Social Work. Currently, she is pursuing her MSW on the Advanced Standing track at the UConn School of Social Work and aspires toward a commitment to life-long learning and advocacy for marginalized populations.
Ingrid Rosado, At-Large
Ingrid Rosado was born and raised in Willimantic CT. Parents born in Ponce, PR. She graduated Windham High School in 2001 and after graduation, enlisted in the United States Navy. After completing boot camp, she checked in to her first duty station on board the USS Detroit AOE4. After 9/11, she was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2004, she served on board the USS IWO JIMA LDH4 station in Norfolk, VA. She was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Sea service Medal and a Navy Achievement Metal.
After her 4-year term, she was assigned as a Civil Affairs Specialist attached to MCAS-2 in Little Creek, Virginia as a Spanish interpreter and Leading Petty Officer in Charge. After she completed her tour, she deployed to Kuwait with Security Operations Bravo. She received an Army Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Mobilization Medal, her third Good Conduct Medal and another Navy Achievement Medal. After her tour to Kuwait, she came back to Connecticut on a tour at Groton, CT Naval Submarine Base attached to Coastal Riverine Squadron 8, providing Inland waters security. The only Female Security Reaction Force Team Member and Command Fitness Leader for 60 Sailors.
She is an advocate for Female Homeless Veterans and volunteers for Final Salute Inc, an organization that provides female veterans, with or without children, a safe place to live. Ingrid Rosado also volunteers for the United Services Organization (USO) and received The Top Volunteer Award in 2013. Because of her countless hours of volunteerism, Mrs. Rosado received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Currently, Ingrid Rosado is a Navy Recruiter in Groton, Ct, covering Norwich, Ledyard, Lebanon, Colchester, Bolton, Franklin and her hometown of Willimantic. She is also the State Ambassador for WIMSA, Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Ingrid Rosado will retire from the US Navy in 2021.