Cecilia was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She spent half of her life in other countries, including Honduras, Haiti, and the United States, pursuing her call to relieve hunger in the world. Before moving to Florida, Cecilia served with World Relief for a year in Haiti and later in their office in Baltimore supporting their earthquake rehabilitation programs. She has also served with Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Ships, and the Ithaca Pregnancy Center. After transferring from the Agro-industrial Engineering Program at the Pan-American Agriculture University “Zamorano” in Honduras, Cecilia obtained a BS in Food Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. As a graduate student at Cornell University, Cecilia focused on international development and did research on iron nutrition.