Vania was born in Salinas, California, and learned to speak Spanish from her parents at an early age. She is an alumni of the UA graduating a semester early with her BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She has been working in Dr. Fabiano-Smith's Lab as the manager for several years. Vania is also the AAC consultant for the ALS Association fo the Southern Arizona Chapter, as well as manages the volunteer group. She is looking forward to working under Dr. Fabiano-Smith's new grant.