Mariana first visited our office in 1986 on the advice of Robert Williams, then Executive Director of OEPF. She had a dream to bring Behavioral Optometry to Mexico, and she was prepared to do whatever was necessary to bring that dream to reality. She asked for our help and support; we gave it to her and helped her to connect with others who would do so as well.
Maria Ana was one of the founding members of COMOF (Consejo Mexicano de Optometría Funcional), the Mexican association of behavioral optometrists, and she helped organize the first COMOF Congress in Hermosillo, Mexico. She worked tirelessly make continuing education available to those in her country who saw the possibilities of Optometry to change people's lives beyond just refraction, spectacles, and contact lenses.
Maria was one of the first COVD Fellows in her country. She was also a Director and Coordinator of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program (SOLCIOE) in Mexico.
On a personal level she was a gentle, generous, and kind person. She was always optimistic and ready with a smile. Bob considered Maria Ana as one of his "Optometric Daughters" and I considered her my " Dear Sister". We also had the privilege of knowing her husband Arturo, and her beautiful children, Arturito and Mariana, both of whom are outstanding students and athletes. Her strong behavioral voice will be missed in Mexico and she will always have a special place in my mind and heart.
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