Maria Mantilla Member Dec. 1999

  1. Briefly, what have you done personally or professionally since high school?
  2. After finishing high school, in my home state of Veracruz, Mexico, for four years I attended the Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, where I studied in the field of biochemistry industrial engineering. After those four years, I moved with my husband and two small children (40-day-old daughter and 22-month-old son) to California, where we lived for seven years while my husband was completing his PhD and graduate studies. What an experience to be in such an international community where I made friends from different countries (Japan, Israel, Germany, France, South America, all over the world!) of the world at the Stanford University International Center. We then moved to New Jersey, where our third child was born, and where I lived with my young family for two years. This was another great experience meeting the different established immigrant communities (Italian, Polish) who opened their arms and welcomed us. They taught me that this is a country of immigrants, through the pride that they had in being here. We then moved to New York to Yorktown Heights in Westchester County where we lived for seven years, and I became a U.S. Citizen!

  3. How long have you lived in Raleigh/Cary/Durham?
  4. I have lived in Raleigh with my husband and three children since 1994.

  5. What was your motivation for joining ALTA?
  6. I was invited to an informational meeting about ALTA by the charter members in 1999. It was awe-inspiring to see the volunteer community created by the Assistance League, and the efforts put forth by the many ladies to benefit needy communities. Seeing them work at hospitals, collecting funds for programs, and donating scholarships, I felt the need to join this amazing organization. I have been a proud member of ALTA since December 1999.

  7. Please, tell us something about you we may not know or something about you that is unique or unexpected.
  8. I am bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and when I first came to the United States forty years ago, I did not even know what the word “Hi!” meant. I love to read in English, because every day I learn something new. I also love to travel, and I have been lucky to travel to many different countries in Europe and here in North America. To see the beauty in the different cultures is something that I value very much.