Martha Gutierrez, Program Assistant
Martha Dasha Gutierrez Ricardo was born in the province of Holguin, Cuba. She came to the United States in 2011 as a permanent resident through a family reunification program. She recently became a US citizen on the 14th of February, 2018 under the name of Martha Gutierrez. She grew up in a very hard environment with many social, political and economic problems that led to challenges as a Christian child in an atheist and communist socialist country. Early in her life, she developed skills in foreign languages and music and became an opera singer and an active leader and preacher at her Methodist Church. She graduated from high school in the 2002 and later attended college for a Commerce carrier through 2006. She attended the University of Science of General Economics for three years, while working at the Government Commerce Office gaining experience in many tasks including, banking, accounting, and human resources. After the third year of attending the University she left to immigrate to the United States. After arriving in the United States, she volunteered for Gilda’s Club Events as a singer and organizer. She also attended and graduated beauty school in 2014. While in beauty school she returned to Cuba in 2013 to marry. She enrolled at College of the Desert in 2017, under the major of Business Administration, to pursue her interest in learning the functioning of a capitalist system and the free market.