Phone: (361) 570-4141
Office: University Counseling Center, University Commons, Suite 2108 (Victoria)
Elena grew up in various Latin American countries, attending bilingual schools before coming to the US for her higher education. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1981. Elena attended Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1989. She has worked at inpatient facilities assisting adults and adolescents with psychiatric problems and with drug and alcohol issues, for the US Air Force in a program where she provided intervention and counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and as a medical social worker before going into private practice, where she developed a reputation for very effective work with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. After this Elena worked in elementary schools to help at-risk children and was hired by Mid-Coast Family Services in 2001 to do drug and alcohol intervention for adolescents in several high schools. She was promoted to Director of Journey to Recovery, a women’s outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, and in 2003 was put in charge of the Family Violence Program, where she remained until 2010. Then Elena worked at Crown Hospice in Victoria as a medical social worker.