With her husband, Ferdie, already settled in America as an Engineer, Mary Lou and her two-year old daughter, Nicole immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. Having a solid caregiving career in the Philippines, Mary Lou was eager to work once arriving in her new home. "We have a long history of nursing and caregiving in the Philippines and I wanted to continue it in the U.S.," said Mary Lou. The history is indeed interesting. During times of war and conflict, hardworking Filipina nurses and caregivers even used their own homes to care for wounded soldiers because the need was so great. Nurses and caregivers were admired for their work in the Philippines.
Soon after making some new friends, she heard of a position at St. Anne's Mead for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) /Caregiver. "I applied and was thrilled to join the team. I met Kiffney, who had just joined St. Anne's Mead one month before me in 1994. We worked together and she mentored me," said Mary Lou.
Today, Mary Lou is certainly admired for her care at St. Anne's Mead and she and Kiffney are celebrating 25 years of service!