Violeta Moser is a very accomplished person.
Born in Lima, Peru, Moser came to the U.S. to continue her education.
"I was 18. Because of the military coup, everything in the country was controlled or cut off," said Moser. "My parents said I could leave and study in the U.S. for one semester.
"That was 37 years ago."
Moser earned her degree in business and education at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She went into the banking industry, where she was the recipient of several achievement awards.
"My two older brothers became lawyers, so I had to hold my own," Moser said.
While working in New Jersey, she met her husband, Bob. The couple then lived in several places, following his career in pharmaceuticals. They moved to south Charlotte in 1992.
"We love it here," Moser said.
Their daughter, Stephanie, graduated from Charlotte Catholic High School and Belmont Abbey College. A tennis pro at Carmel Country Club, Stephanie will be getting married in October.
Moser has served on many boards, including the YMCA, the North Carolina Arts Counsel and the Community Building Initiative.
Some of her most important work, however, has been her continuing commitment to the Latin American community.
She's proud of her Latin heritage and has volunteered and served on boards for the Latin American Coalition and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce. She currently is president of the Latin American Women's Association.
"Charlotte does a wonderful job of mixing profit and nonprofit organizations together for the betterment of the community," Moser said. "The Latin American Women's Association (www.lawanc.org) is a terrific organization dedicated to advancing education for high school students through school dropout prevention and scholarships.
"We tutor and mentor students at the elementary level and guide parents' knowledge of their involvement in the educational process of their children."
Moser said she is at a time in her life where her "sense of responsibility to give back" is strong.
"The joy you see on the faces of those you've helped makes everything worth it," she said.
Moser has returned to Peru to visit family and friends for many years.
She prepares her two favorite Peruvian dishes at home: ceviche - a whitefish and lemon dish - and papas ala huancaina, potatoes with a cheese sauce. They sound delicious.