Born in Bronx, New York, Eileen enjoys quite an eclectic background: her father is Puerto Rican and her mother, although born in NY, comes from a mix of Cuban and Spanish blend. Her mother’s family stepped foot in the US in 1868 following the tobacco trade as cigar workers, first in Key West, then finally settling in Ybor City (Tampa), Florida. Eileen is passionate about children’s television, especially the world of Animation. Eileen is most proud of her 16 year association with Nickelodeon’s “Dora The Explorer” (Emmy Award Winner) playing Dora’s Mother. In 2014, the franchise spun off a tween version of the show “Dora and Friends”. Eileen was also part of Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” (Emmy Award Winner) for 8 seasons and another Disney smash hit, “Sofia The First”. On stage Eileen appeared opposite the legendary Chita Rivera in “The House of Bernarda Alba”, the original production of “Chavez Ravine” (Mark Taper Forum), “Girls Talk” opposite Brooke Shields and “The Clean House” at International City Theatre in Long Beach, CA, for which she won the 2011 Garland Award for Best Featured Performance. Eileen’s most recent film appearances include the indie comedies “Body High” by Joe Marklin, “Hello, My Name Is Frank” by Dale Peterson and the shorts “Caprichosas” by Jose Solomon and “Girl” by Vanessa Kelly, all making the festival rounds currently. Next up, the animated feature “Leo the Lion” where Eileen plays Guru, the fast talking turtle, distributed by the Weinstein Company and Netflix. Eileen is an advocate for animal rescue and regularly fosters and rehomes full bred dogs. Don’t shop-Adopt.