Born in the bountiful and diverse island of Mindanao in the Philippines, Maria grew up in and between two cities, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. She is the second of three children raised by her father, an honorable and retired officer of the Philippine Army, and mother, a veteran of the same branch. In addition to learning Tagalog, English, and Chinese as her second languages, she is fluent in Bisaya. Since Kindergarten, she memorized the Chinese multiplication table and loves working with numbers never knowing that they would lead to a successful career in accounting.
Maria lived in Kansas and Missouri for several decades and moved to Tacoma in 2015 with her husband and two children. An empty nester for a few years, she owns Maria’s Bookkeeping, LLC and obliges herself to giving back to the community. She serves as the membership services clerk at St. Frances Cabrini in Lakewood and is a long-time board member at her homeowners’ association where she served as president for two and a half years. She is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society established in 1918 for students with exemplary academic performance who rank in the top 10 percent of their class. She was inducted into the local chapter, Alpha Psi Delta, in 2018 and served as an officer for two years. She considers herself to be very blessed to call the Pacific Northwest home, where she is constantly reminded of her childhood memories—tropical fruits and seafood; Filipino restaurants; nearby beaches; views of lush fields and mountains.
Maria is an accountant at heart. She comes to King Conservation District with 25+ years of hands-on training and experience in the accounting and administrative fields. She holds an AAS in accounting and is preparing to receive a BAS in business management from Pierce College in June 2022. Soon after graduation, Maria hopes to spend more time relaxing at the beach, playing chess, and traveling. Most importantly, she is looking forward to a prosperous career at KCD where she can apply her training and knowledge from years passed and, at the same time, learn about ways to sustainably use our natural resources for a better tomorrow.