Birthplace and date: Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia; Sept. 30, 1959.
Marital status: Separated.
Children: Gabriela Esperanza, 16; Anastasia Sophia, 13.
Schools children attend: Gabriela, 11th grade, Anastasia, ninth grade, Watkins Mill High School (public school).
College: Montgomery College, Catholic University of America.
Celebrity I most resemble: Antonio Banderas.
Most notable characteristic or personality trait: Friendly and easy to get along with (just ask the other board members!).
Languages other than English spoken by you and your family: Spanish.
I've love to trade places for a day with: Prince Siddhartha, aka Buddha.
Nobody knows I: almost ended up finishing high school in Cuba.
Favorite quote: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter!" -- "The Divine Comedy," Dante Alighieri.
Best movie I've ever seen: "Miracle in Rome," directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo, written by Naranjo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Best book I've ever read: Two books -- "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and "Santa Evita" by Tomas Eloy Martinez.
Favorite subjects in high school: Drawing. I have always wanted to be an architect.
My study habits as a student : Driven to complete the task.
All-time favorite TV show: Two actually, "M*A*S*H" and "Cheers."
Restaurant in my district where parents would most likely run into me: I like most of them and do not have a specific preference.
Car I drive: BMW 323i.
Best car I've ever had: BMW 323i.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Michelangelo Buonarroti, artist.
Most important influence in my life: My family.
Favorite place to vacation: Anywhere in the Caribbean, but I always prefer Cartagena, Colombia, the second oldest city in the Americas.
Most interesting place I've ever visited: The house of the late Mexican architect Luis Barragan.
Pet peeve: None (I think).
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I am too strict or dogmatic.
Impression people have of Montgomery County schools that I would most like to change: That the students are mostly white and come from wealthy families.