Karina was born in Minatitlan Veracruz Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 18, settling in Pasadena. She continues to call Pasadena her home and has witnessed the rebirth of the old town area, where she and her husband enjoy the many restaurants within walking distance of their home.
Karina graduated from Marshall High School and attended Pasadena City College completing general education courses. She later returned to PCC with a concentrated effort in paralegal.
She began a career with China Airlines when the company moved their Reservations Center from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Within a week of being hired she was off to Taiwan for training. Her experience continued at the Check-In counter, VIP Lounge, Customs and eventually was transferred to their Cargo Division as a Customer Service Representative where she was certified to receive Dangerous Goods. After 22 years with China Airlines, Karina passed the state insurance exam and holds a Property and Casualty license and quickly went to work for a State Farm agency. Three years later she began her career with Green Hills.
THE GREEN HILLS COMMUNITY
Accepting the Advance Planning Advisor position with Green Hills was a needed opportunity. Karina was looking for something that inspired her on a daily basis and once she understood how she would be assisting families, the position quickly filled a void. Fluent in both English and Spanish allows her to serve a more diverse customer base and expand her ability to guide families through a delicate process.
Shortly after joining Green Hills, Karina’s husband was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She now felt the same anxiety many of her families she’s worked with experienced when fearing the loss of a loved one. Blessed with the help of great doctors and strong will, her husband battled the year-long treatment and the disease is in remission. Needless to say, Karina has a much different perspective on how precious life is. Her naturally soft and caring approach is magnified in her compassion to each family she meets.
OFF THE CLOCK
Karina keeps her mind and body healthy with regular workouts, either attending Zumba classes or pedaling some miles on her Peloton bike. Once refreshed, she and her husband enjoy attending concerts or surrounding themselves with family and friends.
Her career with China Airlines provided extensive travel opportunities and a favorite destination of hers is the Amalfi Coast in Italy. A goal is to one day visit the hidden treasure of Seychelles.