Celia was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Coolidge, Arizona. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1985. In May, 1990 Celia earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Grand Canyon University, a private university in Phoenix, Arizona.
Upon graduation, she joined the American Express Middle Market Corporate team. In October, 1996 Celia transferred to Corporate Card Acquisitions within American Express and two years later received the “MVP Quarter 4 1998” award in Card Issuance.
Celia taught for six years at a private school (CCA) in Glendale, Arizona. She received the “Commitment to Excellence” award for her six years of service (during 2000-2006) at CCA.
An Arizona native, Celia resides in Arizona, where she is a REALTOR and the mother of one child.