The following paragraphs are a glimpse into my life so that you can understand where I come from and who I am in order to see if I would be a good fit for your business style and work ethic.
I began my educational and professional journey at Northwest Vista College of San Antonio at the age of 16. I know that sounds like an error, but thankfully, I had the opportunity to begin an advanced education earlier than most because I because I was home-schooled from the 6th grade through the 12th grade. This gave me the option to take duel credit courses to satisfy both high school and college requirements. I graduated with my general associates and then continued on to get a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northcentral University in Arizona online while working full-time at the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch for nearly two years as a front desk agent and also a recreation assistant. Later on that year I also worked in human resources for Sea World of San Antonio. Working in the hospitality industry prepared me to work in Human Recourses as an interviewer and department liaison because multi-tasking and keeping accurate employment and job requisite records was paramount along with building great communication with department supervisors to fulfil their employment needs with worthy personnel. After about a year in HR, I also had finally completed my bachelor’s degree. I decided to push on with my education in 2009 because of the market crash of 2008. The market crash stunted the possibility I had for growth at my career, and while I was interviewing for work in my field of study I saw that many industries, both private and governmental, were in a hiring freeze.
Thankfully, I was accepted into the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Since I had a high GPA I was also selected for a special scholarship and was offered a paid position in the Criminal Justice department as a graduate instructional assistant. During the two-year master program at Texas State I worked under Dr. Pablo Martinez (now retired) and did original research with him and other professors regarding south-end border crime issues and the effective measurement of child day-care facilities compliance with child-care laws. I also co-taught undergraduate level classes and graded all the coursework from crime-theory and advanced statistic classes supervised by Dr. Martinez.
I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2011, at 24 years old. That same year I got married to Joe Melig, IV and began applying for work across the field of criminal justice in both federal, state, and local positions. While I did this, I worked full time at CBG, the Benefit Group, a small business that coordinated and brokered health and life insurances deals for their clients that were large local businesses/ education districts in San Antonio, TX. I advised people on their health insurance, and guided them to make decisions on what benefited them according to their income, family size, and health needs. After work, I would come home and submit endless applications to different positions in the criminal justice field. After about two years, 300 applications, 10 employment exams, and 20 interviews I finally realized and accepted that perhaps the criminal justice field wasn’t as forthcoming as they advertised to wanting to hire more women. Following up my suspicions, I contacted the other women that had been in my graduating class, as it turns out, none of them had found work in the criminal justice field either, so they all continued on with their doctorate degrees or their law degrees in order to bide their time until either the market place would pick up and hire more women, or they would find something to get them by.
I had to learn to swallow my pride at this point in my life. I have always been a hard worker, and always worked and went to college and university full time in tandem of being employed full time. I had broken barriers in my family as a first-generation immigrant, being an educated Hispanic woman, the first woman of my family to push on and get a master degree. I had to set it all aside and just focus on finding a job where I could apply my knowledge and grow in. I removed all my educational titles and applied at the hiring agency Adecco. There, they found a position in the National Investment Center with Citi bank for me, where I would become a temporary employee. I began with mail sorting for the small department, it allowed me to learn their system and navigate it. When I showed proficiency at mail sorting, they moved me up to task management and assignment. When they saw that I was good at that they trained me in One Source: Anti-money Laundering investigations for investors wanting to invest over $1 Million in cash, or foreign investors investing $10 Thousand or more into the American marketplace. I found my niche, and soon I was knocking on the door to become a full-time employee with benefits. There was just one problem: I was no longer able to hide my pregnancy, and when it came time to deliver my baby, the offer for employment with benefits was off the table, however I was more than welcome to continue as a temporary employee.
If you’re still reading, I commend you, because when I get to this point in my story I usually want to just skip over to the good parts. My story is one of one obstacle in my career to another and another. In summary, I didn’t go back to Citi after I had my first baby, who we endearingly named Ivy. I decided to hit the books hard, got an alternative teaching certification for Early Childhood-6th grade, with a bilingual certification as well. ¡Si, tenlo por seguro que hablo el idioma y puedo ayudarles en español también! I taught for a year as a bilingual teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade and then had my second daughter, Alitza.
It was during this time that I decided to take a sabbatical in my career pursuits and help my husband Joe start his own business alongside of his business partner Esaul: 2M Smokehouse, a BBQ restaurant that they decided to finally kick off their dream list and make it into a reality. They became partners and I became their office manager; they needed a business entity created, so I put in the paperwork on there behalf and now they are 2M Smokehouse, LLC. They did all the hard work at the restaurant, living there for over a year, and I did all the office end of the business, including taxes from the home office. I was working for myself, had time to spend with my sweet babies, and managed to stay on top of all of the needs of the business, with time to spare.