An adult-onset athlete, I never imagined I would be scaling mountains and running ultra-marathons at this stage of my life. I was introduced to running 10 years ago and mountaineering a year after. I didn’t quite take to climbing in the beginning, having very little exposure to the outdoors in my early life. It took joining a local mountaineering organization to get my skills and confidence to appreciate the sport. Being involved with Climbing Out of Homelessness has been life-changing. Building strong relationships and communities is the reason I continue to dedicate time to this program. Being a part of this community has strengthened my love for those involved in Climbing Out of Homelessness, the outdoors and my faith.
Maria has been an administrator in the local public-school systems for over 20 years, working with diverse populations and communities in Seattle and Tukwila. She has served as a project coordinator for an advocacy group working with over a hundred local non-profit organizations. She is currently pursuing a certificate in non-profit management at the University of Washington. Maria has been involved with Recovery Beyond Paradigm since 2014 as a mentor and a board member. She is an accomplished alpinist and ultramarathon runner.