Since 1988 Maria Villagomez has lived in the Hermosa community with her husband Carlos. Within those 30 years, their two daughters Vanessa and Michelle and two sons Steven and Carlos, Jr. were born and proudly raised in Hermosa which they fortunately call home. Ownership of a larger home brought their search further west of the city. Prior to living in Hermosa, Maria and Carlos lived in the Lincoln Park and Lakeview communities.
Maria has always been a proud supporter of the community. In 1999, Maria volunteered at St. Philomena as a catechist teacher; teaching the catholic faith and preparing CPS 8th grade students for their first communion for 3 years. From 2001- 2003 she was appointed and served as a church extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. And, most recently she served as a board member of the HNA, Hermosa Neighborhood Association (2014-2016). Maria was very vocal on the need for Divvy Station in our community and cross-walk by the Fullerton Metra stations, which resulted in a win for our community.
She envisions that HNA will act as a unified voice for fellow residents, facilitate issues and activities affecting the Hermosa neighborhood. She believes in enabling neighborhood social activities that foster relationships with residents and organizations that promote improvements for the Hermosa community. She feels that elevation of the community is paramount “because a community is more than sidewalks and light-poles it is about the individuals, and how, and why, we connect with each other…”
Maria strongly believes Hermosa is united by a common thread that is our strong demographic, that when unified can produce a strong voice for positive change.