Ivonne’s passion and the focus of her social work carrier has been working with underserved communities. Although she began her studies at the University of Utah as a Math Education major, with the hope of working closely with minority students, Ivonne soon realized how profoundly trauma and social issues affect students’ academic performance. Ivonne decided to change the course of her studies and graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received her Masters of Social Work in the Mental Health Domain from the University of Utah.
Ivonne worked as a volunteer with children at the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services, completed her internships at the Hartland center and participated in the partnership between UNP and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which gave her the opportunity to work with refugees and immigrants. Additionally, Ivonne completed internships at Holy Cross Ministries and Cornerstone Counseling Services (Volunteers of America), where she was later hired to organize the Latino services for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Ivonne worked as a bilingual therapist at the Rape Recovery Center with male and female victims of sexual assault. She also worked as a school counselor, before coming to Holy Cross Ministries, where she is now the Director of HCM’s Counseling Program.
Ivonne is a first-generation immigrant from Chile; she moved to the U.S. in 1992. She is married and has two adult children with whom she enjoys spending her free time. Ivonne enjoys reading and learning about new approaches to trauma treatment. She loves being in contact with nature and going for walks, bicycle rides, and car drives to discover new places. She loves spending time with close friends and visiting with her family in Chile.