Dulce Ruelas

I have always had an interest in public health. For nine years I worked for Chicanos Por La Causa as the health and nutrition coordinator. That is where my relationship with Mountain Park began. I started referring families to the Baseline Clinic. The relationship between Chicanos Por La Causa and Mountain Park enhanced and I was able to help keep children healthy. When I found out about everything that Mountain Park offers, and all the locations in the valley, I was shocked and fell in love with the organization because of their integration of WIC, behavioral health and registered dietitians. I decided to join the Mountain Park board of directors because I have always felt the need to be connected to the community and Mountain Park is a perfect example of family and community.

Currently, I work as a professor at Grand Canyon University. I love teaching and being able to be innovative with the curriculum and what I teach students. Also, I am a student myself and am working on my doctorate of public health with an emphasis on maternal child health. Early childhood development has always been another passion of mine. I believe that you have to start young to make the best decisions that will influence your life as an adult.

When I am not working or studying, Eva and Emiliano—my two children—keep me busy and on my toes.