Therese was born and raised in El Paso, Texas (her grandmother came to El Paso from Mexico) and has lived in Austin over twenty years. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Therese also has a teacher's certification in Health from Texas State University. She has worked in numerous social service agencies serving clients from ten to ninety years old. She has also worked in medical Social Work and taught Health in high school. She is married, has two children, and two fur babies. Therese loves to be outside near any body of water, likes art, crafts, and walking trails. Her bucket list includes speaking Spanish fluently and traveling to Ireland.