WHO WE ARE
Founder, Our Empowering Women Of America
Maria Perez was born in San Antonio, Texas. In the late ’70s, she left for the RGV. Her alma mater is the RGV High School when she had fond memories about life at the border. Maria was there for about 10 years or so when she came back to San Antonio in the late ’80s. She attended PamAmerica University in 1983, Phoenix University in 1990, and Career Point in 1994 where she educated herself in business and healthcare.
Later, she transitioned her interest in the fashion world as a retail designer; working with exotic materials and varieties of patterns, styles, and sizes. She grew to understand the needs of many people from all walks of life as she was designing for customers from a wide area and demographics. This experience gave Maria the ability to view style and life from a different perspective and led her into retail where she managed an upscale department store. The various processes which help the customer procure merchandise allowed Maria to develop her administrative and leadership skills in her business portfolio.
She did requisite an education, training, and certification in cardiovascular technologist (also known as a vascular technologist) and worked as a technician at the McAllen Medical Center assisting doctors in caring people and saving lives. This is where her love to preserve life was born. She thrives in an environment where you meet new people on a regular basis and becoming part of a team. She says that “Superheroes” save lives.
In 1997, Maria first owns her business in San Antonio; a childcare development professional. She’s been running this business and now has 20+ years of experience working with children; from infants to 11 years of age, with that will fully utilize a diversity of skills sets. Maria is devoted to helping children think creatively, she has clerical knowledge and good in record keeping, she is an active listener, has an understanding developmental disorder, reliable and punctual, approachable, experienced in medication administration, she has great life skills training, friendly and courteous, fluency in English and Spanish, possess excellent research, writing, childcare, and interpersonal relations skills, she is CPR certified and earned the First Aid and Baby syndrome certifications.
Caring for others was natural for Maria especially for our little people; our children. She opened a daycare center, where she operated as the Director of Operations. She hired several women, training them to be professionals in their practice of educating and nurturing children. She has a special place in her heart for these sweet innocent children. She still provides daycare center services from her current home to her faithful and loyal clients because of her constant, excellent and kind consideration. Solve problems independently, and respect themselves and others. Her center offered quality standards to provide a safe developmental learning environment for young children. Preschool and childcare center directors direct and lead staff, oversee daily activities and prepare plans and budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their program and the children.
Maria had the pleasure of volunteering at SAM Ministries (overcoming Homelessness), a privilege that comes with responsibility. She supported the homeless families going through trials and tribulations, and because she has been so blessed, her purpose is to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves. When she volunteered at the American Red Cross Serving San Antonio, she will never forget the first time she walked into the Lockland Air Force Base building, during the Katrina crisis. It felt like a war zone. She served the survivors for a couple of weeks.
Her concern for future generations is something personal and dear to Maria. Their protection is essential and a God-given must. Majority of the people have children that they will safeguard with their lives. Maria was charged with protecting all people from something that is so taboo, of Human Trafficking. This disgusting form of hatred was something Maria almost experienced for herself as a younger woman, almost sold to a gentleman from Spain. She molded a belief and formed respect for humanity that later helped her to the formation of Our Empowering Women of San Antonio, which later established Our Empowering Women of America an evolving organization. As we have honored many from in the military and law enforcement and continue to honor.
As an owner of a 501 (c) (3), Maria was approached with many issues affecting the community. So many disrespectful and inhumane things that women had to share in order to heal and be effective business owners and open-up residual emotions, blocking their forward progression in the business. Maria noticed, on how all these points correlate with each other. So, our society will be free from fear and able to prosper. Someone needs to advocate for these serious issues that go undetected. All of these, concern led to the initiation to make a change through legislation.
Maria also started an organic and raw product, she loves green organic beauty. She starting to develop a formula of Belleza-Natural Organic. Where she will share beauty secrets for women of all ages and skin types naturally.
Especially for women over 35, some seem to lose self-esteem and confidence. So Maria creates a take a home spa, for women that can’t afford a spa or doesn’t have time for ourselves, from work and family leaves us to drain at times. The product can be made either raw or powder organic, the product is still in the process, but hopefully, this is the year she will launch it. Production and part of the proceeds will go toward Domestic Violence and Trafficked women in many forms.
This necessity moved Maria to run for City Councilwoman of District 10. It will be her first step in pursuing a “Stop” to human trafficking because this affects the residents of San Antonio and damages families across the nation. It is Maria’s belief and confidence that we need an “Army” to defeat this and she is the leader that we need. Any crimes against women and families, “She” is your warrior. She is the woman you need on your side. Hearing her story will open your eyes to see “Why” she advocates against sex trafficking and domestic violence, and is very passionate about raising awareness.
Maria is studying for Ombudsman, an official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authority for the Our Empowering Women of America.
MEET THE TEAM
Maria Perez/ Mother
Mother was an inspiring woman, she dedicated her life to her family, born in Nuevo Leon Mexico. Her dream was to help women of all cultures and give them the opportunity to be recognized for their value and worth. Living a life of abuse, discrimination, hatred and so much, she learn to cope with the pain and turn that pain into strength and that you're never alone. Never to give anybody the opportunities to take your dreams, and to never give up in life never. You have one chance in life take the risk and do it. We will continue to fail until we become that 'One' and never say I am done. My mother was made of "Steel" and she will be there to watch you all become "Women of Steel", be strong and don't let your guard down and become that “One”.
Madre fue una mujer inspiradora, dedicó su vida a su familia, nacida en Nuevo León, México. Su sueño era ayudar a las mujeres de todas las culturas y darles la oportunidad de ser reconocidos por su valor y valor. Viviendo una vida de abuso, discriminación, odio y tanto, ella aprende a lidiar con el dolor y convertir ese dolor en fuerza y que nunca estás solo. Nunca dar a nadie las oportunidades de tomar sus sueños, y nunca renunciar a la vida nunca. Tienes una oportunidad en la vida de tomar el riesgo y hacerlo. Seguiremos fallando hasta que seamos ese "Uno" y nunca digamos que estoy hecho. Mi madre fue hecha de "Acero" y estará allí para verlos todos convertirse en "Mujeres de Acero", ser fuertes y no bajar la guardia y convertirse en ese "Uno".
Vice President at OEWofAmerica
Her design experience encompasses a huge gambit of projects. Ranging from restaurants like Pat O’Brien’s’, to hotel design, such as Inn at the Ball Park, located in Houston, TX. She has also worked on a select number of Federal government developments requiring a Top-Secret security clearance. The Port Authority of San Antonio and the Ft. Sam Houston Medical Education Training Center are a few examples of her collaborative work. She also works with numerous faith-based organizations, to help them with their architectural needs and requirements.
Regarding “Our Empowering Woman of America”, Mrs. Bartay is our Vice President and is responsible for coordinating many efforts with other non-profit and for-profit organizations, to bring awareness to crimes and violence against humanity. She is also making strides in developing affordable, transitional housing for survivors, seeking their independence back into society. It is Mrs. Bartay’s intention, and mission, to provide safer and more habitable spaces for people within our community, country, and the world.
Romelette Dela Cerna
Board of Directors at OEWofAmerica
Honorary Board Member at OEWofAmerica
Honorary Board at OEWofAmerica
Dr. Raymond Beman
Honorary Board at OEWofAmerica
Former Director of Health care & community development at Youth with a Mission & US Center for World Missions
Judge Ron Rangel 379 District Court
Honorary Board at OEWofAmerica
Volunteer at OEWofAmerica
Marisol Moreno Duncan
Volunteer at OEWofAmerica
Starting from humble beginnings Marisol always embarked in her journey with her love of education, which was the dream of becoming a teacher, which she accomplished. Marisol has endlessly worked to rise above the challenges that she encountered in life. As a survivor of domestic violence, nearly losing her life, and given a second chance to live, she knew that her life had great meaning to helping everyone in her lifetime.
She dedicated her life to raising her two daughters and completing her college education. In 2014 Marisol graduated from Texas A&M University-San Antonio with her bachelors degree in Education. She devotes her time to helping her community with education and leadership programs. She is a trailblazer, a devoted mother, a survivor of domestic violence, and advocate of helping humanity.