by Rochelle Marapao


Former NASA aerospace engineer-turned-comedian and mother of two, Shayla Rivera was destined for greatness. As a child, she was intelligent and inquisitive with a relentless interest in human behavior. She was fascinated by what makes people tick and possessed a passion for science, machinery, and fixing things. And it was this adventurous curiosity that’s driven her to follow her dreams throughout her entire life.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Shayla credits her strong family values to her Latino upbringing. “Family is everything to me. I grew up surrounded by them, including extended family, and we did everything together. I went to school with my cousins, vacationed with them and my aunts and uncles, and spent every holiday with each other. We loved playing jokes on each other. Laughter was the center of all of our gatherings,” she says. “I had the most glorious childhood.”


Shayla’s parents were loving and supportive. “I have to give credit to my parents for their influence. My Mom taught me about beauty, independence, and the importance of being an educated woman. She would tell me, ‘You make sure you get an education so you never need a man’,” she recalls. “Through my Dad, I learned to love science, technology, and laughter. Although he never attended college, my father was the best engineer I’ve ever met. He could fix and/or build anything and had a beautiful way of building my confidence – AND, he was funny!”

Thank you Visión Magazine for sharing these beautiful photos! You truly captured the essence of the 6th Annual Sabor del Valle event - great wine, food and friends!

Molly Carbajal
Santa Clara Public Health Department

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I’m loving the summer issue. I really like the leadership article. It focused on some great points. You truly cover so many aspects of our community. Also, the way you honored a great friend who left us way too early. Thank you Visión, you are truly the best publication about Latinos in California


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