A graduate of Pace University where she majored in public accounting, Maria began her career as an auditor for Ernst and Whinney. Three years later, she joined a client, UBS/PaineWebber where she remained for eight years ascending to the position of vice president of the international accounting division. With time off to raise her children, Maria re-entered the workforce in 2003 and began a new career in the insurance industry. She has two teenage sons, Nicholas and Matthew, and a devoted husband of 22 years, Rich. Maria divides her time away from work between family, friends and high school football, but not necessarily in that order!