I’ve had a long history of choosing jobs that involve helping people. It seems to have been a passion of mine from early on in my life. From volunteering as a teen with the Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, to retail sales, to a summer seasonal firefighter position, and finally, a 16+ year career in emergency dispatching, I’ve enjoyed working to help others. I am a people-person by nature, and have also always liked meeting and getting to know people from various backgrounds.
“After a major, unexpected loss in my family’s life several years ago, I was compelled to find a profession that would allow me more time with my two young children, and simultaneously bring more peace and balance in my life. It was then that I sought out the path to a career in esthetics. From my very first day in beauty college, I knew I had chosen the right profession: esthetics would combine my love of helping people, along with utilizing my creative side, as well as my long-standing interest in science.
Truly, the best part of my job is getting to meet new and interesting people all the time! And since I get to spend more than just a few minutes with them, I get the opportunity to know them a little better with each visit, and they tend to become friends, if not like extended family. I love that I get to help teens with their acne, teach 20-somethings how to prevent wrinkles, to help stressed-out women (and men!) feel relaxed and pampered, and educate people of all ages about what products and ingredients will help them improve their skin. I really can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing!
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family and friends, as well as volunteering
with the Junior League of Napa Sonoma and Cotati-Rohnert Park Project Grad. I just completed
my first and second years on the Board of Directors for these organizations, and it has been a
very rewarding experience with each of them. Being outdoors makes me truly happy: hiking,
beach combing, biking, camping, travel, etc. I also love fitness and weight training, baking, fine
dining, movies, live theater and concerts, SF Giants games, and I’ve recently taken up salsa dancing!
Maria graduated from Lytle’s Redwood Empire Beauty College in Jan 2005, then passed the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exam, receiving certification in Esthetics in Feb 2005. She renews her license every two years with the state.