Prior to joining the academic advising family at Temple University, Maria worked at the study abroad and international student services office at Saint Peter's University and Montclair State University as an academic advisor. She also worked at a non-profit organization where she worked with individuals who had schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and communication disorder. Maria believes in honing an engaging and developmental student-advisor relationship that allow her students to achieve academic success and personal growth. She decided to trade the New York skyline to Philadelphia's and joined the College of Public Health at Temple University. When she isn't advising, Maria loves to travel and explore the historical sites of Philadelphia.