Sylvia has been a disability rights advocate since 1982. Her daughter and two grandsons are her motivation. Sylvia is currently serving as Chairman for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance of DFW. She has also participated in many annual events hosted by organizations supporting people with disabilities and has served as a volunteer with Equest Therapeutic Horse Ranch (now Texas Horse Park) for the last 10 years. Professionally Sylvia has been in the Insurance business since 1982. Her professional accomplishments include becoming a State of Texas Licensed Insurance Agent in Property and Casualty Lines. She has completed several insurance courses through Kaplan University and has also taken Psychology courses at Tarrant County Community College.