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Lucia Quinones

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Lucia Quinones was born in Czechoslovakia, but by the time she graduated from high school, the country had split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic--Lucia is from the Slovak Republic. She attended a 5-year architecture and civil engineering program at The Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and graduated with two degrees. She came to the US in 1999 to work as an au pair—the only way she could get here—and at the time her English was worse than that of her 3-year-old charge. She spent a lot of time at the Berkeley Adult School learning to speak her new language. Two years later, she began working at 16500. These days, Lucia has two kids of her own, a husband, a house and a garden, which is her sanctuary. She loves road-tripping with her family on weekends—they’re always looking for interesting new places--working out and running. Lucia is also a swimmer--she spent 10 years of her youth as a competitive swimmer, and she credits this sport for her competitive spirit, strength and endurance--skills that come in handy every single day at 16500. Lucia speaks three languages.

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