Ivette M Arango was born in Camaguey, Cuba and came to the United States as a political refugee, with her mother. She was granted political asylum, after Fidel Castro and communism overtook her homeland. Ivette’s two sisters arrived one year prior and her father one year after, as they each were able to get on flights still leaving the country. She and her family arrived in the United States with only the clothes on their backs. Ivette is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Ivette became an American citizen on July 4th, 1976 as part of a special group, who became citizens of the United States, during America’s Bicentennial. She has been a voting member of the Republican party since turning 18 and has always been interested in politics.
Ivette received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Central Missouri State University, as it was known at the time and later obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston. She has resided in Kansas since 2001 and currently lives in Prairie Village. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Overland Park. She has worked in child abuse investigations and follow up care and mental health and addiction treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settngs. She enjoys traveling and meeng people in their environment. She loves dancing and animals, especially dogs. Ivette is an avid movie goer and loves attending the performing arts.
Ivette wants to learn about all aspects of Kansas government. She is a member of the Northeast Johnson County Republicans and has assisted with mailouts for candidates running for office and with calling registered Republicans to get them to vote and support Republican candidates. The United States is a wonderful country that helped her family and she wants all Americans to truly understand and value the freedoms we have here.