Rosalinda was born and raised in New Mexico. She attended Delta College, San Jose State, and graduated from the University of the Pacific. Rosalinda began her teaching career with Stockton Unified School District and taught at various schools and various grade levels for 33 years. She attended ELAC and school site council meetings where she translated for the Latino parents. For many years, she was a representative for the California Teachers Association. Besides her regular teaching assignments, she taught Migrant students and English to adults in the summers.
After her retirement from teaching, Rosalinda became involved with the Kennedy Center in South Stockton. She became aware of how badly and unfairly the Latino community was being treated by the Director and her assistants, and started organizing to bring about change. Although not an easy task, they made tamales, rented a bus, and attended the Supervisors’ meetings where people spoke about the bad treatment they were getting. They were excited when a new Director was placed at the Center.
Rosalinda has hosted several groups that have come through Stockton for different causes. The first group was Los Peregrinos, a group of young Latinos walking from Sacramento to Bakersfield. For 3 days she provided food and housing. She also provided housing, and made and delivered food to the UFW when they walked from Merced to Sacramento.
The group 99 Rise for Democracy was also housed and fed by Rosalinda when they walked from Los Angeles to Sacramento. They camped out inside her house, in the back yard, as well as the front yard. Some even slept underneath the dining room table. When they got to Sacramento, Rosalinda continued to take food to them. She even got arrested along with some of their members, for refusing to leave the Capitol Building. For the first time in her life, She was handcuffed and patted down!!
Rosalinda raised 3 daughters, Armida, an OBGYN in El Paso Texas, Veronica a CFO
in Roswell, New Mexico, and Rosalinda, a Court Probation Officer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.