Hector was born in McAllen Texas in 1964 to his parents Martha Elena Cortez and Sotero Cabrera but he was raised by his grandparents Jose Felipe and Maria Pesina Cortez. His family were field laborers that migrated from Texas to California when he was 6 years old. Hector graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1983. He attended Fresno State right after high school but left after a year to work. After years of working in construction, retail, direct care in group homes, and food service, he returned to Fresno City College. He earned his AA and AS in 1994. He continued on to Fresno State where he earned his BA in social work in 1996 and earned his master’s degree in social work in 1998.
Hector began his career in the Central Valley working with adolescents in juvenile institutions and group homes. He has also worked in the foster care system, in correctional facilities, as well as the state hospital, and federally funded health clinics. He has held an administrative position for a child psychiatric facility and was the clinical director for an adult psychiatric facility. He currently is the head of services at STRTP for Michigan Inc. Hector also has been a consultant and clinical supervisor for many Fresno County group homes. He is the president of the Latino Social Work Network.
With the help of his wife of 22 years his private practice SJET Clinical Services was established in Sanger California in 2013. SJET Clinical Services has provided services for over ten years to children, adults, and families from Fresno, Orange Cove, Parlier, Reedley, Selma, Kingsburg, Del Rey, Fowler, Clovis, and Fresno. SJET prides itself on meeting the needs of the patient immediately, with no waiting list, and in a warm and supportive setting.
He has been married to his life partner and best friend and wife Teresa Vega De Cabrera for 22 years. They are blessed with three handsome sons, Sebastian, Emiliano, and Joaquin and have made Fowler their home for over 15 years