Sarita Montilla

Sarita Montilla, Director,      National Dominican American Council, Philadelphia, PA

Sarita Montilla was born in San Pedro de Macoris, a small town in the Dominican Republic, to Miguel and Florinda Montilla. As one of eight children, she worked extra hard to help her family by taking care of the younger children during the day and studying at night. She graduated from her high school with honors and attended the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo where she received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

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After getting married, she moved to the United States and with the encouragement and support of her family, she continued her education in Child Care at Teacher College of Columbia University in New York City.

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Once Sarita moved to Philadelphia, she began working at Concilio, where she has worked for the last 17 years, having moved up from her first position as GED teacher, then Drug and Alcohol counselor and finally, Social Worker, a position she sees as heartbreaking and rewarding all at the same time. She is beloved by her clients and coworkers alike.

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Sarita is a single mother of one daughter, Sharon, who was born in Dominican Republic and came to the United States later. Sharon has finished up her education at Temple University and is now a Coordinator at a prominent Market Research firm in Philadelphia. Sharon and Sarita are now in the midst of the very exciting task of planning Sharon’s wedding.

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Sarita is the first to volunteer to any cause she believes is in a member of the Philadelphia Emergency Support, a member of the Foster Parent’s Association, a member of the Dominican Festival and Parade, member of r the Dominican Cultural Center, and volunteered for the Maria Quinones political campaign. She also organized events to raise money to go towards the Haiti earthquake disaster which raised $33,000. She is always willing to give 110% to any cause and does so with a positive and motivating outlook towards the project. She never gives up and stops at nothing to bring about a great outcome. On September 14, 2011, Sarita received 2011 ODESSA Mentoring Award from NACOPRW.

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As a US citizen, Sarita believes she has accomplished the America Dream. With hard work she has accomplished any goal she’s set for herself. She has a wonderful family, very supportive parents. She has a job that she loves and people who love her. She is a self-made success and someone worthy of admiration.

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