They say everything in Texas is bigger but it just wasn’t big enough for Elizabeth and her gregarious family so they relocated to beautiful San Diego, CA in 1987. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Elizabeth was fortunate enough to live in an adobe, multigenerational home filled with cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters creating cherished memories, wonderful moments and magic. Elizabeth’s love and passion for animals came from spending hours in the backyard with chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, geese, ducks and horses. Because of these reasons, Elizabeth knew that one day she would want a home of her own to build these memories and work with animals.
Graduating with a degree in Animal Sciences from San Diego Mesa College allowed her to travel to Africa and Japan to work with her beloved animals. Employment at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and the San Diego Zoo allowed her to save and purchase her home in the San Diego community of Memorial in May 2011. Understanding that investing in the communities that surround her home is an investment in her own wellbeing, Elizabeth is passionate and dedicated to serving these communities in several different ways. In 2015, Elizabeth volunteered to help create the Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden. In 2016, Elizabeth, in partnership with the Humane Society and PAWS, organized a pet event to help the four- legged residents of the Logan Heights and surrounding communities by providing free spays/ neuters, free vaccinations, and free food.
In August of 2016, Elizabeth and her sister Danielle Cisneros, opened their small business, Chicanista Boutique, on Logan Avenue. Creating unique, hand-made, one-of-kind- items using recycled and repurposed materials in bright, bold Latin colors and having her business on Logan Avenue lets her continue her work of creating and building her art while creating and building positive, long- lasting relationships with local residents and families.