Dolores Guzman is a daughter, mother, grandmother and caretaker. Her love for her family is the driving force behind her desire to serve her community and help shape a better future for all of its residents.
Dolores was born in the hustle and bustle of New York City and was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. After having her two children, she moved to Deltona, FL and has lived here for the past 24 years. The vibrant and dynamic culture of each location is unique and has helped inform her values and identity as a hardworking and compassionate leader.
Both of Dolores’ children were raised with strong Christian values and graduated from Pine Ridge High School. Dolores is now the proud grandmother of three and the primary caregiver for her elderly mother. Dolores attended a vocational school before pursuing a successful career within the dental industry, which gave her a unique vantage point into the growing need for accessible healthcare.
These life experiences have served to define key areas of focus for Dolores: protecting Florida’s environment; providing affordable housing for seniors; supporting access to education; and assisting those in need of healthcare.
Dolores has worked in the dental industry for 18 years, serving as a Dental Coordinator at Family Dentistry for Daytona Beach for 13 years. It was during this time that she saw the growing need for health insurance and education in Volusia County. This ultimately led her to seek out a Healthcare Marketplace Navigator position with The Health Planning Council of NE Florida for the first enrollment season of the Affordable Care Act.
From 2013 to 2014, Dolores served as a Board Member for the Hispanic Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization that creates awareness about chronic diseases and their prevention. She has also spent the past 3 years as a Navigator and Community Activist for citizens of Volusia County.
In 2018, Dolores won her seat as County Commissioner of the West Volusia Hospital Authority. Dolores provides critical input on healthcare-related initiatives and decisions directly affecting her community. The West Volusia Hospital Authority serves the community by partnering with local organizations to offer much-needed health services.
As part of her community outreach efforts, Dolores founded Register to Vote Volusia, a voter’s registration organization that ensures everyone has the opportunity to go out and vote. It is because of her work on this initiative that she was invited to meet President Barack Obama when he visited Orlando.
Dolores is proud of her Hispanic heritage, which has inspired her to support the large Hispanic population in Volusia County. She served as a board member for the Hispanic American Youth Group of Deltona (HAYGD), a nonprofit organization that teaches cultural dances and supports statewide performances. She also founded, and was President of, the Volusia County Chapter of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida.
A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away. Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them. To help the poor is to honor God
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