When Lizbeth Perdomo was just a freshman in college, her mom, Esperanza developed breast cancer and soon passed away. But the loving legacy she left to both Lizbeth and her sister Karen includes a strong work ethic, dedication to education and faith-based values.
Esperanza and her husband Angel had worked tirelessly to make sure their daughters had access to a high quality education and remained committed to maintaining excellent grades. When they emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S, Angel worked at a corner store during the day while Esperanza worked the night shift in a factory. “My parents helped in elementary school all the way through to graduation. After school, we had to do homework – we couldn’t do anything before that...they made sure of that,” says Liz.
Lizbeth has a long successful academic career. She was in the National Honor Society for 2 years at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. At Passaic County Community College she maintained a 3.7 GPA and was voted “most improved player” in volleyball both years. As a “student ambassador” at Mary Help and PCC, she influenced many potential students and reflected a very positive image. While she was deeply involved in student government and a program committee, she held down 2-part time jobs as a secretary and a childcare provider.
After gaining her Associates degree, Liz went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015, and has been working ever since.
Mirian Gonzalez-Tanis, Lizbeth’s supervisor when she worked as a secretary while in school, deeply believes in her potential. “I met Lizbeth as a freshman in high school. She’s an impressive young lady, very observant and analytical, and is someone who has a great work ethic.”
As for Tri-County donors, Lizbeth said, “thank you for believing in me and donating money to help someone who didn’t have the funds to make my education happen.” Many people believe in Liz, and Mirian agrees, “she’s going to leave her mark on this world... she’s not afraid to try new things and that speaks volumes about her character. I think she’s destined for greatness!”