Maria was born in Lamesa, Texas, and moved to Wichita in 2002. She is a native Spanish speaker. She graduated from WSU with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. She began working as a paralegal in 2004 and has worked in Immigration, SS Disability and Civil Litigation.
In her spare time she trains and runs half and full marathons just for the love of running. She also runs for Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Kansas Chapter.
Maria enjoys spending time with her family and having them be her cheerleaders at all her races.