As Program Intern Maria is helping to research, plan, execute and evaluate our programs. She will also continue her weekly volunteer role- look for her on Thursday mornings.
Maria is currently working on her master’s degree at Western Michigan University in Family Consumer Sciences with a focus in Child Life. Prior to coming to the east side of the state, Maria graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Upon graduating from WMU, Maria hopes to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. Maria’s passion for helping families experiencing a childhood illness began in first grade when her best friend was diagnosed with leukemia. Since that event Maria has been involved with a variety of organizations in support of children with illnesses.
When she isn’t studying, Maria enjoys baking, working on Pinterest projects, spending time with her sister and family dog.