Gloria Alderete Bissmeyer was born in Reserve, New Mexico. Her Spanish and Native American heritage has brought about many specialized skills. Gloria holds her bachelors in child development and a Masters in Education from San Diego State College. She earned her second masters in elementary school counseling from Adams State College in Colorado. Gloria commonly finds herself working with children with special needs and community projects that include sharing different cultures. As a counselor, Gloria has been involved in many activities that promote children and their parents. Gloria is a weaver, ceramist, and artist. She has served as an interpreter for the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association.