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Captain Marcos (Mark) Garcia and Amanda Garcia

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Passionate about Family and Career

Mark Garcia and his wife Amanda Garcia say they owe career successes to not only their family, but to their time as students at the Island University. Both alumni of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Mark Garcia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology in 2006, while Amanda Garcia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and Master of Science in Nursing in 2012.

An Army soldier for the last nine years, Captain Mark Garcia currently works as Aide de Camp for Major General Gwendolyn Bingham at TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, Michigan. He also served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The Army ROTC program at A&M-Corpus Christi is well established and organized,” said Mark Garcia. “It taught me the skills necessary to succeed in the Army. I still rely on the knowledge I learned in Islander Battalion.”

Amanda Garcia works as an advanced practice registered nurse in an urgent care/family medicine practice.

“The University nourished my love for nursing,” said Amanda Garcia. “The nursing faculty and staff at A&M-Corpus Christi helped create the foundation for my practice and develop the professionalism vital to caring for others.”

Both Mark and Amanda Garcia chose careers that honor their parents. Mark’s father was a solider in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and Amanda’s mother is a nurse practitioner.

“Our parents were huge inspirations in our career choices,” said Amanda Garcia. “Our families motivate us to be better people and provide a good life for our children.”

As passionate as the Garcia’s are about their careers, they are infinitely passionate about their family. The couple has two sons, Kyle, age 7, and Tyler, age 5.

“Mark, Kyle and Tyler have encouraged me when times were tough,” said Amanda Garcia. “They also cheered for me when I was successful.”

Mark Garcia shares similar sentiments.

“My wife and boys have supported me with each move and each deployment,” he said. “I have never questioned my family's support or love for me.”

Amanda Garcia says she plans to continue with clinical nursing and eventually teach nursing at the collegiate level. Mark Garcia says his future plans are limitless, and is excited to see where the road will lead him.

“We love what we do, and we love helping others,” said Mark Garcia. “We are fulfilled with our family life and our jobs, and we strive each day to grow personally and professionally.”