Maria has been involved in healthcare since the early days of her career. She is a specialist in Bacteriology and Epidemiology, focusing on sterilization, surface disinfection and infection control. She has worked at UNC Health Care Systems, Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA and Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
Maria was the Senior Medical Technologist along with William A. Rutala and David J. Weber that co-authored over 60 studies in peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists). She has a BS from Wilkes College.