Judy Pérez is a Fort Worth native and her deep Texas roots go back at least four generations. She is an active member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas and has been a member since 2004. In her fourteen years with this organization Judy served as the Board Chair of the Fort Worth Chapter in 2011-2012 as well as held the positions of Immediate Past Chair, Chair Elect, State Representative and Membership Chair.
Through this organization Judy has been able to sit on various committees and help raise college scholarships for Latina students in Tarrant County, many of whom are first generation college attendees as she was. Judy has been able to contribute to a scholarship in honor of her high school best friend, Griselda Martinez, who was tragically taken by a case of domestic violence, when they were 21 years old.
College scholarships and domestic violence awareness are two passions that Judy advocates for and has been happy to spend her time serving both causes. Since 2012 Judy has been a member of the Everman ISD SHAC committee. Through this committee and community partnerships with Everman ISD, Safe Haven, Women’s Center, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas-Fort Worth Chapter and Tarrant County Juvenile Services, Judy has been able to present and speak on topics such as communications with Latino families and domestic violence awareness. HWNT and its members a part of the community partnership has been to give community forums and panel discussions on domestic violence awareness. Through this partnership and Judy’s time on the committee HWNT was able to give $30, 000.00 in college scholarships between 2012-2016.
Since 2016 Judy has been a micro blogger regarding a new chapter in her life. On March 31, 2015 Judy was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic and liver cancer, stage 4. She is miraculously with us three years after diagnosis and spreads her inspirational story of hope and survival as she lives with cancer.
In her career Judy has worked for corporate, private and non-profit organizations and has her MBA through Texas Wesleyan University. Currently Judy is a professional development trainer and a quality program evaluator for after school programs. She loves to encourage education at all levels and is a life long learner herself. In 2018 she was honored with being an American Cancer Society Hero of Hope for the SW Region of the US. She and 29 others that represent this region give inspirational speeches of hope and living with cancer. In her new normal Judy blogs, speaks and writes about her cancer journey as well as continuing to support quality after school programming between her treatments every fourteen days. Other accolades include the 2007 Fort Worth Business Press, Great Women of Texas, The 2007 HWNT Rising Star, the 2015 HWNT State Estrella de Tejas and she is a Distinguished Toastmaster through Toastmasters International.
She just completed her 80th round of chemo and is still fighting the good fight with her husband of twenty-one years, Julio. They are a loving couple that lives everyday to the utmost. When time and energy permits they love to play golf, go to the movies, hang out with family and friends and of course attends Relay for Life and raises money for the American Cancer Society.