Nadia S. Rizvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1980. She lived in Pakistan with her mother and two sisters where she overcame a serious childhood cardiac illness. Later Nadia and her family joined her father in the United States where she enrolled in Garfield High School. After high school she went to NVCC where she received her Associates degree in general studies and social sciences. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Mary Washington in 2014 with a 3.08 GPA while she was a single mother of a 2-year-old and going through a custody battle. After receiving her Bachelors, she worked full time in government contracting for four years. Although she was reasonably happy in her job, her passion for healthcare brought her back to school. Now she’s pursuing a Masters of Special Education with the concentration of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at GMU. She would like to help autistic children grow into productive and happy adults.