Gina grew up in South America, where she learned from her parents the importance of education. By the time Gina was 14 years old, she came with her parents who had established legal US residency. Gina considers herself fortunate, in that she faced barriers that were limited to language and culture, while others have faced far more difficult journeys to arrive in this country.
As a Latina first-generation immigrant and proud American citizen, she has a unique perspective to represent the interest of an increasingly diverse district in the Queen City.
She feels blessed to call Charlotte her home and considers it a great privilege to be able to give back to the community as a public servant.
Gina earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She then completed her Master of Science degree in cognition and neuroscience.
Gina received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed her residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX. She went on to complete a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in San Antonio at the Health Science Center and Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital.