Margarita Suarez, MA, RN

California, U.S.A.

Margarita Suarez

Margarita Suarez is a counselor, trainer and lecturer whose professional emphasis is diversity, grief therapy, self-growth, and self-care. Margarita draws from a life rich in contrast. As one of 14 children of a prominent educator in Cuba, Margarita has experienced the challenges from her native Cuba to the new life in the US. She served as a US Army nurse in Vietnam, worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner, taught at the University of Washington School of Nursing, and is now Executive Director of Avanta, the Virginia Satir Network. Margarita's wit and wisdom have brought her national prominence as a keynote speaker, mentor, and advocate for health and social services.

1993 to Present -- Executive Director, AVANTA The Virginia Satir Network
1980 to Present -- Lecturer/Trainer/Consultant on psychosocial topics including dealing with differences, cultural diversity and competency, family issues, grief processes, changes in the workplace, pluralism, and self-care.
Keynote Speaker for public and private businesses, agencies, and organizations.
1976-1979 - School Nurse and Counselor, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA
1975-1978 - Instructor and Coordinator Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1970-1973 - Instructor and Staff Nurse, Madigan Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
1969-1973 - Nurse, United States Army (Vietnam, 1969-1970)

Membership in Educational / Professional Organizations:

  • American Association of Family and Marriage Therapists
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Nurses Associations: Washington State Nurses Association Chapter
  • Friends of the Center (Southern Poverty Law Center) - Monthly support
  • International Human Learning Resources Network
  • Institute of International Connections
  • International Family Therapist (through Avanta)
  • Partner of Conscience (Amnesty International) - Monthly support
  • Southern Neighbors for Peace and Justice
  • University of Washington Alumni Association
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Education / Credentials:
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Degree- BSN; Year:1969; Nursing
University of Colorado, Denver, CO; Degree- PNP; Year: 1972; Nursing
University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Degree- MA; Year: 1975; Psychosocial Nursing
Post-graduate training in family therapy with Virginia Satir
Nurse License #RN00054445
Medical Interpreter Training by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program, Seattle, Washington 2003

Suarez, Margarita M. and McFeaters, Susan J. "Culture and Class: The Different World of Children and Adolescents." (2000) Chapter in Living with Grief: Children, Adolescents and Loss

KJ (Ed), Washington, DC: The Hospice Foundation of America.
Video series produced through the Northwest Center for Personal and Family Counseling, 1986. Series deals with the many aspects of grief (children, adults, suicide, and self-care)

Workshops, Presentations and Educational Seminars:
Selected Organizations 2003 - 2004)

CASA Leadership Institutes (Seattle, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, San Francisco), Washington State Coalition for Homeless (Tacoma), Residential Care Services (Seattle, Port Orchard), Medical Students for Choice (Seattle), Puget Sound Neighborhood House Centers, Washington Health Foundation, University of Washington Wound Management Education Program (Seattle), United Way of King County (Seattle), Children's Home Society (Seattle), Pierce County Human Services (Tacoma), South Texas Social Workers Society (Corpus Christi), King County Housing Authority (Renton), Nassau University Medial Center (New York), Evergreen Healthcare (Kirkland)
Population and Public Health Branch, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Region (Canada), University of Washington School of Nursing (Seattle), Valley General Hospital (Monroe), Neonatal and Mother Baby Nurses Conferences (Las Vegas), Healthy Child Care of Washington (Wenatchee), Family Policy (Vancouver, WA), Foster Care Review Conference (Miami), Public School Employees of Washington (Yakima), Sound to Harbor Head Start/ECEAP (Lacey)
Family Policy Council (Olympia), Olympic Medical Center (Port Angeles), First Steps Regional Meeting (Yakima, Edmonds, Lacey, Spokane), Family Unity Camp for HIV/AIDS Participants(New York), Channel Point Village (Hoquiam), Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (Seattle), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Denver)

Bastyr University (Seattle), Chautauqua Institution (New York),

Motivational Presentations:
Village Concepts, Inc (Federal Way), Ruth Dykeman Children's Center (Burien)

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