Maria joined the MITA staff in the spring of 2012. Originally from Vermont, she grew up spending summers in midcoast Maine where she now lives full time. She studied Geology at Bates College and spent time doing research in Iceland. Prior to joining MITA’s staff, Maria was a full time sea kayak and river guide, spending summers in Maine and winters in Big Bend, Texas. She also worked previously with a small land trust, coordinating stewardship and outreach programs. Maria is a Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, having guided primarily in the Boothbay region since 2004 but also around MDI, Stonington, and Muscongus Bay. A paddler at heart, Maria enjoys getting out on the water as much as possible in any sort of craft. When she is not working she can usually be found outdoors with her two young children, either boating, hiking, or playing Ultimate Frisbee.