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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 65, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Working Full-Time for United Farm Workers ( s...
  • B.A. in Humanities (Literature, History) from Bluffton Co...
  • From I grew up in WI, MI, OH and have lived in rural CA since 1978
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About Me


to do some good and enjoy life


I like to read, travel, adventure and learn new things. I keep perspective with sense of humor and appreciate history and experience. I do too much office work and too little physical work so not in good shape to do lots of camping. Would rather visit cities and look at architecture and visit museums. Enjoy the challenges when traveling of figuring out public transportation and I prefer traveling by train whenever possible.

I got involved with the UFW as a college student and after finishing school, committed to work full-time on the boycott for six months receiving training, room, board and $5 a week spending money. Lots of changes and am still working for "La Causa" as a national representative. In the early 1990s I became a CA labor law attorney through law office apprenticeship program with UFW legal dept, in the late 1990s I was appointed to serve on the board of of Monterey County Water Resources Agency, I took a 4 week leave of absence in 2009 and 2010 to study Spanish in Mexico (CETLALIC--great school in Cuernavaca!)and am starting to organize my life for when I retire in 2019.


This will take time to articulate. Will think about this and maybe some weekend after vacation will have time to update!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I hope to have more time for personal travel and maybe take an (unpaid) sabbatical if I can save enough money.


The UFW culture since the movement began in the early 1960s was for staff to stay at homes of supporters/members as there was no money to pay for lodging. In recent years sometimes hotels are used but it's still policy that is the exception. The focus of UFW is organizing farm workers and every cent possible needs to be invested in those programs. So I have stayed on lots and lots of "couches" in past decades and enjoyed learning from others.
I recently introduced my daughter, Maria Elizabeth Fernandez, to couch surfing and she has signed up now too!


History, culture, stories, healthy & tasty food, and working for the UFW. I am a member of the Hosteling International and hope to spend a night (or more) in as many of these 2,000+ hostels as possible. To date the best one was in Chiapas, Mexico.

  • culture
  • architecture
  • dining
  • traveling
  • camping
  • surfing
  • history
  • law

Music, Movies, and Books

I work 50-60 hours a week and am trying to improve/not forget Spanish so not much time for movies but I very much liked Lincoln, Quartet and Les Miserables. Historical fiction and mysteries with women solving the issues are my favorite types of relaxing books. Best TV show is "Big Bang Theory" and I also enjoy CBS Sunday Morning.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

This is another hard question to answer.Learning to read and giving birth were two of the most awesome things. This opened up more worlds to me....

Teach, Learn, Share

organizing. I've learned a lot through experiences over the years.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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