I left Costa Rica to move back to the United States in 1991, and after a brief time in New York City, I ended up in Takoma Park, Maryland, living on the same street as former TT photographer Katherine Lambert. For six years I worked as an editor at a monthly nature magazine for kids (Ranger Rick magazine), and then for six years as a bilingual communications officer at a large international development organization.
For the last three years, I have been working as a freelance translator/interpreter, using both the Spanish I learned in Costa Rica and the Portuguese I learned in a language program at the international organization where I worked from 1998-2003.
My oldest child, Gabo (who as a two-year-old used to like to play with the little wind-up toy of a marching bear that Dery kept on her desk), is now 25! Gabo is a handsome young entrepreneur working in the music industry in Miami Beach, where he uses his Spanish every day!
Camila,my youngest, will turn 20 in June and is finishing her second year at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
An art/design major, she takes after her father in her artistic talents. Camila is going to participate in a summer internship program in Costa Rica (ICADS) from June to August of this year.