- Yale University, B.A. in Philosophy, 2006
- Certified Personal Trainer by A.C.E., 2007-present.
- Certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach, A.C.E.
- Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, N.A.S.M.
- Kettle Bell Concepts Level 2 Instructor
- Active Isolated Stretching Specialist, (The Mattes Method)
- Current certification by American Red Cross in CPR/AED/First Aid
While identifying most strongly as a fitness, lifestyle, and weight-management professional, Maria has devoted much of her time to a variety of tasks. She has work experience in building and demolition, landscaping, sales, accounting, modeling, hospitality, food preparation, coaching/counseling, WordPress website management, and research.
Her social work and volunteer experience include acting as a summer camp counselor for the National Youth Sports Program; serving as a Bulldog Buddy for underprivileged youth in New Haven; volunteering for four years with the Earth Service Corps; and helping to found and operate the Queer Resource Center at Yale University, for which she volunteered as a Queer Peer Counselor.
Maria has traveled in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Egypt. She is fluent in French.
In Ireland, Belgium, France, and Spain, Maria worked on organic farms, and/or sustainable living projects, where she gained new and/or additional experience in gardening, composting, landscaping, sustainable living, construction, and bio-construction.
In Ireland, Belgium, and France, Maria worked for several months in the vegetarian kitchens of Bed & Breakfast-style organizations. Most notably, through volunteer work in the south of France at the Jus Cogens holistic healing center, and through her work in Belgium, respectively, she learned the principles of raw-living-foods cuisine, and vegan-macrobiotic cuisine.
Maria is currently preparing for more world travel.