Carmen Garvis was born in Puerto Rico and attended college at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst where she majored in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Immediately following her college graduation, Carmen began her professional career at Westinghouse in Baltimore, Maryland as an associate engineer doing financial planning for offshore operations and conducting market analysis for startup opportunities. She later took a job at American Cyanamid in West Springfield, Massachusetts as a production supervisor, where she supervised production operations for toiletry and household products to insure quality and optimum performance. After 3 years there, Carmen was hired by Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation as a Project Industrial Engineer in Troy, Ohio where most of her work revolved around workflow, methods and control measurements primarily to improve efficiencies and reduce costs and enhance efficiency. Her work eventually brought her to Bakersfield, California to work for the Nestle Ice Cream company in a similar capacity as she had at the Friendly plant.