Andrea’s parents raised their daughters to always be grateful for their blessings and to give back to the community, so volunteering was part of their lives, whether at school, church, or in the community. Even before graduating from CSU Fullerton with a BA in Communications, she led charity efforts for Ronald McDonald House, where she directed underserved youth in camp activities at CSUF, and was also involved with the American Cancer Society. Working in the non-profit sector was an obvious career fit for Andrea, so after graduation, she joined ACS and managed Relay for Life events throughout Southern California which fueled her passion for the quest to fight cancer and find quality of life for survivors and their families.
Her entire professional career has focused on some kind of health care and education, and Andrea knew that ZERO was the perfect combination of both. She loves working closely with volunteers, patients, caregivers, and their families in all efforts that educate and engage the Southern California community. As Andrea shares, “It’s the best place to live, work, and play!” A fitting comment since Andrea was born, raised, attended college, and is now raising her family there.
When not busily working as ZERO’s Southern California Chapter Director, these days you will find Andrea at a local park cheering on her two boys at pretty much any sports-related activity. As a former swim coach and water polo fanatic, she knows what it’s like to work hard, succeed, fail, succeed again, and win. It is that fight for life to win over cancer that is her passion. Having experienced cancer flow closely through both sides of her family and intimately with her husband’s family, she is deeply passionate about the next generation becoming a healthier one free from any cancer. Andrea is looking forward to making Southern California a healthier and better-informed community through her work at ZERO.