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Maria Ricaurte-Romza

Part Time Facilitator

María joined the Gilda’s Club team in October of 2011. She proudly earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa, in May of 1994. Maria recently retired after 27 years of service as a school social worker for Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. She also had a private practice for 14 years at the Four Seasons Counseling Clinic in Muscatine, IA.

María has enjoyed her experience as a group facilitator for Gilda’s Club and working with people diagnosed with cancer and their family members in Muscatine, IA. She has also developed a recent interest and participated in a multi-generational genetic study of cancer in her family history to explore potential risk factors with a focus on preventative and proactive health measures. María is bilingual (English and Spanish), and bicultural, and her passion has been serving Latino children, families, and communities.

María has lived in Muscatine, IA for the past 18 years and treasures spending time with her son, Jonathan, her grandson, Nash, and her three dogs, Javier, Antonio and Nico.