Candidate for MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Full-time graduate student at Nova Southeastern University

Grecia Rivas-Smith is a mother, the wife of a law enforcement officer, and a proud Navy veteran. Grecia served on active duty for 5 years while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan as an Aviation Ordnanceman, Weapons Technician aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) and COMFLEACT Yokosuka. She achieved the rank of Second Class Petty Officer, Air Warfare Specialist and received an honorable discharge from the military in 2016. Grecia has since earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is a current graduate student pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. As a mental health advocate, Grecia aspires to raise awareness for the advancement of educational, social and economic support for mental health services and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in underserved communities and for marginalized groups. Grecia is passionate about community-involvement and volunteerism, and has devoted her time to community service by advocating for gun safety reform as a volunteer with the League of Women Voters, as a child advocate for the Guardian Ad Litem Program, and serves on the board of Women's March Broward and Operation120, a non-profit organization providing supportive housing and transitional life skills services to homeless and at-risk female veterans. Grecia enjoys spending time with her two school-aged children and taking family trips to foreign countries to learn about their different cultures, customs, and traditions. She also enjoys reading and gardening.