Dulcelina Moore Author Tasha Thomas Co-author Cecilia Brown Contributing Author
Cecilia Brown (Contributing author) was born in 1941 in Limon, Costa Rica, to Harriet Lovina “Love” Brown and Sylvester Hutcherson. She was the second oldest of 11 siblings. Because of the poor living conditions in which she was raised, she spent most of her childhood helping to rear her younger siblings. At age 9, she became responsible for domestic chores, which hindered her ability to concentrate on her education. She left her mother’s house at age 16, and by age 21 she was married with four children. When her marriage began to deteriorate, she arrived at a crossroad where she had to choose between her freedom from an abusive marriage and her children. She opted for the former and fled to the United States in order to build independence and financial stability for herself and her children. In her absence, relatives and friends cared for her children. Upon arriving in the United States, she began working as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. It wasn’t long before her children were benefiting from the money she worked so hard to earn, which provided clothes, gifts, and finances to support their education. After living and working in the Unites States for more than four decades, Cecilia is now retired and lives comfortably in her Miami home, where she shares quality time with her four children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family members, and friends. She has been enjoying her retirement, traveling to France, Germany, England, and cities throughout North and Central America. Her future traveling plan, God willing, is to visit Africa and the Holy Land.
DulcelinaMoore (Author) was born in 1959 in Limon, Costa Rica, to an entrepreneur father, Brissot Lindo, and homemaker Cecilia Brown. Her father, a relatively successful businessman, supported the family. As the second of four siblings, Dulcelina witnessed the turbulence that led to her parents’ separation. Through her mother’s experiences, she saw firsthand the transformative power of determination and sacrifice. Like her mother, Dulcelina married young, at 17, and by age 21 she was the mother of one young child and expecting another. Determined to offer a better life to her children, she followed her mother’s footsteps to Miami, Florida, in 1980. However, the odds were against her because she lacked the necessary skills to secure employment. With two young children, no job experience, no transportation, no income, and an illegal status, frustration set in quickly. The time and effort required to pursue her goal seemed illogical and beyond Dulcelina’s grasp. However, logic takes a backseat when you have a dream. She was determined to learn to read and write English. She set out to further her education and ultimately obtained a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. She eventually obtained a job with the U.S. government and earned a full-time position as a U.S. probation officer. Two decades later, after reaching her original goal of providing for her children, Dulcelina had a new dream and a new goal. She wanted to become an entrepreneur and start her own business. In her pursuit, she boldly picked up and walked away from the U.S. Justice System. On her journey she met many obstacles, but none were big enough to deter her.
Dr. Tasha Thomas (Co-author) was born in 1980 in Miami, Florida, to Costa Rican parents Oscar Thomas Sr. and Dulcelina Lindo Brown. The youngest of two children, Tasha is extremely driven. In elementary school she won numerous fundraising awards and was asked to read the morning announcements over the P.A. In middle school she continued to excel academically. She was an honor student and received the Born to Be a Winner Award. In high school, she was named Miss Miami Central, was active in several extracurricular activities, was nominated for the Silver Knights Award and graduated in the top of her class with a superintendent’s diploma of distinction. Tasha attended Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal and poultry science and a minor in biology, and began working at the University of Miami’s division of veterinary resources. In 2007, she graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in management, with a concentration on leadership. In 2009, Tasha joined Charles River and relocated to Orlando, Florida, to open a startup facility who's sister institute is headquartered in California. In 2012, she was promoted to operations/business development and marketing specialist. In this capacity, she provides consulting work for pharmaceutical companies, fortune 500 companies, academia, and research institutions. Tasha never stops growing and striving for more, and in December 2015, she obtained a doctoral degree of education in organizational leadership, with a minor in human resources development from Nova Southeastern University.