Mary Jones is our Clinical Project Manager and we are proud to have her on the El Futuro team! Mary, originally from Urireo in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, came to the US in 2005 with thousands of expectations and dreams. We met with her to get to know her a little better and talk about her dreams, her initiatives and why not? laugh with his occurrences. Here is what she told us:

Tell us a little about your experience working at El Futuro.
“When I came for my interview for the job, Luke met me at the front desk, and offered to give me a tour. It was so exciting to see the bright colors and art on the walls and talk to him about it, then I went to the interview with him, Ennis, Courtney, Molly and Kelly in the front conference. One of Luke´s questions during the interview had to do with my kids and ¡la chancla!. When I left the interview, it hit me: The tour was so that Luke could psychoanalyze me, and possibly get to know my darkest secrets, there I was, in front of a team of mind readers!! and I felt so nervous right then. Good thing I did not realize it right away or else I would not be here today.”

Why do you like to work at EF?
“My first day at El Futuro felt like a dream come true! Everyone was so supportive, welcoming, committed and so effective, I liked that a lot! Multitasking excites me and I like challenges, and working with people from all kinds of nationalities who are Latinos like me and love the Latino community as much as I do, it’s like a dream come true! I love that El Futuro is always moving, always changing and always improving. Sometimes we pilot things we don’t know will work, but we learn with every experience! I treasure each interaction I have had with my fellow co-workers and I have a special place in my heart for each one of them.”

What are Mary Jones hobbies:
“I like jogging (when it’s not too cold or too hot or it’s not trash day, or pollen day, you get the idea!), I like to cook, but I like more to eat other people’s dishes! I like to sing (but mainly in the shower, when I cannot hurt anyone’s hearing), I love spending time with my husband and I love to cuddle with my two baby teenagers! I also volunteer as a board president in ISLA, and that experience has taught me so much about seeing the big picture and the challenges non-profits face. It made me feel closer to our community too. I highly recommend anyone who wants to grow to become more involved!”

If you were a product, what would be your slogan?
“Get it done! with Mary Jones!” or “gordita pero picosa”

If you directed a movie, what kind would it belong to?
“A superhero film! with comedy and drama; the kind that brings you to tears when you see everyone stepping up with hope and joining in forces to defeat evil!”

What did you want to be as an adult when you were a child?
“A singer, then a journalist, but my dad told me I would be a good lawyer because I never lost an argument ;-)”

What would you say to your 20-year-old self?
“The best is yet to come. Keep dreaming, keep doing, keep learning, because a life of fulfillment is ahead of you”