2010 Inductee - Rita Vasquez

2010 Inductee - Rita Vasquez

Rita was born in French Camp, California, May 11, 1954 to Mary and Salvador Sandoval, hard-working parents who gave her and her 6 siblings strong work ethics. She attended Lathrop Elementary and East Union High Schools. After high school she enrolled at MTI Business School, graduated as a Medical Assistant and worked with several physicians in Stockton. She married Jim Vasquez and raised their two daughters, Angela Marie and Victoria Ann.

In 1993, she graduated from U.O.P.’s Eberhardt School of Business with a certificate in Business Management, and the National University with a Business Bachelor’s Administration Degree in 1999, and a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling in 2009. Rita became a Certified Bereavement/Counselor in 2010, the first female in her family with such accomplishments.

Since 1983, Rita worked with youth from low-income families, helping them to build self-esteem and become high achievers in school and the workplace, and to become contributors to the community.

From 1992-2002, she held various positions with local care facilities in San Joaquin County, where she helped families find appropriate facilities for loved ones afflicted with Alzheimer’s, Disease, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury.

From 2003-2009, she served as Community Affairs Coordinator for the California Donor Transplant Network educating the community about organ and tissue donation and preventative healthcare measures against Kidney, Liver and Heart disease. She has developed strong partnerships with major healthcare organizations and local businesses.

She is an active member and volunteer of the Karl Ross American Legion Post #16, Stockton Hosts Lions Club, and San Joaquin County Catholic Charities, among others. Rita also worked with Dr. Guillermo Vicuña, as Su Salud Logistics Coordinator for 12 years.

Among her awards are USO Letter of Appreciation for support of U.S. troops (2009), Certificates of Appreciation From Karl Ross Post #16 (2001-2008), Recipient of Vida en el Valle Hispanic Heritage Award – Latina Volutaria del Año (2007), Award of American flag flown over Kandahar Airfield for support of U.S. Troops (2005), and a Special Congressional Recognition Certificate by Congressman Richard Pombo (2005).