Length of time at this job: Ten years owning and operating Harbour Hospice, 15 years working as a hospice nurse.
What is it that you like best about your job? I have always wanted to be a nurse. I love the professional and caring attitudes of the people I work with. I am blessed with a wonderful staff.
Education/Major: Nurse-RN (graduated in 1974 from San Antonio College). Prior to hospice, I was an ICU/ER nurse.
What career path led you to where you are today? I have been in nursing for over 40 years and began hospice work 15 years ago. It was a natural evolution for me to open a hospice service and offer compassionate care and commitment from highly trained professionals.
Who were your mentors? My mentors were family members in the medical profession and family business owners.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A nurse.
What person do you most admire? My husband, Col. (ret.) John J. Garcia, M.D. He is a wonderful physician and has served his country and been awarded many service medals.
What do you enjoy doing on a day off? Gardening at home, cooking.
What is your favorite thing to do in San Antonio? Fiesta events and river parades.
How would you describe your personal style? Compassionate, easy-going, with a sense of humor.
How would you describe your leadership style? Hands on – mentorship with staff – lead by example.
Favorite vacation: The Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan.
What do you do in your spare time? Travel, spend time with family, swim, ride my tricycle with my dog Rascal.
What are your favorite books? Romance novels with history and mystery.
Favorite movie in the last year? The Woman in Gold.
Best all-time favorite movie? Remake of Sabrina with Harrison Ford.
What type of music do you like? Classic, rock, romance, jazz.
Favorite restaurant? Bohanan’s.
Best advice you ever received? The best advice I ever received was from my father, who said, “if you want something, go after it – never, ever give up.”
How do you find balance? Keep a good sense of humor and remember to laugh often.
What are your goals? Continue to offer quality, professional and compassionate care to those we serve.