Marcela was born in Colombia and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. Graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Social Work and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida International University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Social Work from Barry University.
She worked as a journalist covering politics, immigration and community topics in Miami-Dade for over 10 years. As a journalist, Marcela was very clear and passionate to always share the truth and help the community be informed on facts rather than deception by holding decision makers and public servants accountable.
Marcela has been a therapist and business owner since 2009. She owns and operates American Consulting and Social Service League LLC, which helps foreign-trained professionals standardize their college degrees. Marcela works directly with professional boards in every state in the country. Her business is focused on helping foreign trained individuals become a valuable asset in their new communities.
As an activist and community leader, Marcela defends social justice. For the past 23 years, she has promoted self-sufficiency and education for the entire community, and in particular for immigrant and refugee communities. A vast majority of our student population are the kids of these newly arrived families. These children are not only experiencing the loss of their primary homes; they are also experiencing the loss of their culture, the loss of close family members and of their social status from their previous home.
Once elected, Marcela will help to implement cultural assimilation programs for immigrant children and their parents to facilitate their involvement in the school system. Marcela will utilize her experience to improve the mental health programs of Miami Dade county public schools and decrease the amount of self-harm incidents.
Marcela is married to Cantor Gastón Bogomolni who serves at the Synagogue Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in North Miami Beach.
Besides being one of the most recognized cantors in the country, her husband Gastón is also a rabbinical student.
Marcela and Gastón both believe in life long education.
Marcela and Gastón are the proud parents of 3 teenagers. Marcela’s son attended Dr. Michael M. Krop public school. It was a life-changing experience as a parent, experience that led her decision to run for the Miami-Dade County School Board.
Marcela is convinced, the current school system is letting our children down. Her hope is that, once elected, she can implement a comprehensive emotional competency program that includes parents, teachers, and clinicians, to form a community coalition against school violence, student depression, self-destructive behaviors and self-medication.