Ivonne, a native of Columbia, was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (retinal cancer) at the age of 2. After her diagnosis, both eyes had to be removed to keep the cancer from spreading to her brain. But that didn't stop her. She went on to be mainstreamed at P.S. #6 from Kindergarten through 6th grade, at the New York City Lab School for 7th through 8th grades, and the Trinity School for grades 9-12.
In 1999, Mosquera-Schmidt went on to graduate from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics, and in 2008 obtained her MBA in Finance from the Zicklin School Of Business at Baruch College in New York City. Currently, she is working as a Project Manager for The Dow Chemical Company. At Dow, Ivonne serves as a consultant and is a member of the Disability Employees Network Philadelphia chapter.
Ivonne grew up in New York City's Washington Heights with her parents, Consuelo and Cristobal, and two older sisters, Sandra and Liliana. She learned to dance Ballet, tap, and Jazz with the National Dance Institute, and performed at places including Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the JFK Center in Washington D.C. Looking for a way to be outdoors, she tried (and grew to enjoy) downhill skiing, cycling, and hiking.
Ivonne picked up running in 2001. With the support of many guides and volunteers, she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, completed thirteen Marathons (running her personal best of 3:22 in the 2008 Boston Marathon), and competes in Triathlons, Track and Field, and ultra marathons.
Ivonne is a member of the Athena New York women's running team, and the USA Triathlon Team of Paratriathletes. She was the visually impaired women's 5K champion in the 2009 Vision 5K race, and is the US National Visually Impaired Female Triathlon Champion in the Olympic Distance triathlon. Her hobbies also include yoga, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and singing. She is also a chocoholic!
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