Connie comes to Circa Pintig with a full compendium of communications and marketing management credentials which she merged with healthcare engagement when she immigrated to the US in 2005. Connie was editor of a travel trade publication in Singapore in the 80s and shifted to advertising when she returned to Manila. Following a successful career in the Philippines where she was vice-president of Chicago-based Leo Burnett Advertising Co., she immigrated to the US where her first job was as executive director of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago. Connie graduated from the University of San Francisco in California with a B.A. Major in English. She took up M.S. communications coursework while teaching college freshmen at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Open University. At the same time, she was VP of the Pasig Chamber of Commerce & Industry and volunteer business mentor of the Philippines Business for Social Progress Corporate Volunteers for Enterprise Development. She was credited for helping turn business around for a couple of small and medium businesses in Central Luzon. Merging communications with health care and community involvement in the US, Connie trained as an LPN and phlebotomist, worked as a website content writer at a CNA school, and did volunteer work with AFIRE Chicago where she later became coordinator of the Immigrant Family Resources Program. While with AFIRE, Connie completed the Basic Immigration Law Course at the National Immigration Paralegal Institute. She also volunteered with Upwardly Global which helps executive-level immigrants find equal work in the US. At present, Connie tutors international students in English and US naturalization interviews and civics exams. Her interests lie in humanities, classical literature, and theater. She enjoys re-visiting required college readings now that there are no tests that follow.