The adventures of a woman on a mission to find her bliss.
Eileen was born in The Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up thinking the whole world was Latino. Moving to Haverstraw, Rockland County in upstate New York taught her it wasn’t. One more move in 1976, brought her to Hudson County, New Jersey where she currently resides. She attended Rutgers-Newark where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Puerto Rican Studies. Eileen credits her history professor, Dr. Olga Wagenheim, for the spark and impetus to search out her roots in a pre-computer era. The daughter of a minister, she credits her father for the activism, volunteerism, and search for justice that have characterized her adult years.
A career Social Worker by day, editor for Being Latino, Inc and United People for Latinos in Film, TV, and Theater (UPLIFFT) by night, Eileen knows how important supporting Latinos in the arts is. She attempts to use all the opportunities social media affords her to broadcast events, film openings, new books, concerts, and stage productions. Because of this, her friends dubbed her La Mariposa Social.
Eileen is the mother of two adult daughters who have grown up to become her partners-in-crime and with whom she shares a love of the arts and the Yankees.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou