Anita’s love of archaeology led her to Peru where, in 2007, she and a friend, Stella Cruz, visited the jungle, saw a need for better access to medical services, and they founded Selva in Action. During Anita’s extensive experience in the social services, non-profit, and international corporate arenas, she served as Director of Education for the Los Angeles County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and held executive management positions in two organizations serving pregnant and parenting teens. Anita received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a Board member of the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS), chairs the Medical Missions Committee, and also serves on PAMS Review Committee. Anita has a daughter and two amazing grandchildren who live in Texas. A native of Los Angeles, she loves animals, Thai and Peruvian food, and currently lives in Winchester, TN. When not in Peru, she substitute teaches (pre-K through 12) for the local school district and is a foster mom for rescue dogs. Anita believes that “the jungle spoke my name” and she has dedicated herself to Selva in Action and PAMS. Her favorite color is “jungle green” and she loves lucuma and coconut ice cream. She hopes to be living part-time in Peru in the not-too-distant future.