Adela Garcia Duncan grew up in the small town of Mendota, Calif., located West of Fresno, California. Mendota is known as the Cantaloupe Center of the World. Adela’s father is the first generation born American from Mexican descendant and her mother is a descendant from two lineages of the Original Thirteen Families settling in 1774 in the Rio Grande Valley. Adela earned an MBA specializing in Executive Leadership and Cybersecurity from George Washington University and a BA in Business Administration specializing in Technology Management from St. Leo’s University. A former military spouse, Adela also served in the U. S. Army for seven years as a Medical Laboratory Technician and received her certification from George Washington University. She earned a certificate as a Department of Defense Common Faculty Development Instructor in Spanish and English.