Maria is a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (LGI) and Water Safety Instructor (WSI). Swimming is a passion that keeps Maria young and feeling great. She enjoys sharing her passion for swimming with kids each summer through swimming lessons. Each summer, she also works with local and nearby cub scout packs and boy scout troops in achieving their scouting related aquatic requirements. In addition to swimming lessons, Maria is a frequent speaker on water safety. Maria has conducted water safety presentations for kids and adults as part of summer camps or school programs. If your organization or school is interested in scheduling Maria as a speaker, please click here and complete the "Send Message" section on the Contact page.
Teaching the community about the law is Maria's passion. In law school, she participated in the Street Law program. As part of the Street Law program, Maria went into inner-city classrooms of the middle schools and high schools to teach students about law related issues and legal rights. After receiving course credit for two semesters, she volunteered for three additional semesters without course credit so she could continue teaching at John Martyn Alternative School in Jefferson Parish. She received the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Distinguished Public Service award in honor of her dedication and commitment to social justice for the poor and self-less stwardship in educating the youth of Orleans & Jefferson Parish schools about the law. Read more.
Maria is a frequent speaker and instructor on investigative related topics. Maria has given presentations on numerous topics related to the private investigative industry in various forums including conferences, continuing education classes, seminars, high school career day, rotary luncheons, chamber luncheons and other functions. If your business, organization or school is interested in scheduling Maria as a speaker, please click here and complete the "Send Message" section on the Contact page.
Dedicated to stewardship.
In law school, Maria was a student practitioner in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice & Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. She honed her legal advocacy skills in the area of criminal defense law as well as furthering the Jesuit ideals of scholarship and service by providing legal representation to the needy. Maria also participated in the law center's Street Law program. As part of the Street Law program, Maria went into inner-city classrooms of the middle schools and high schools to teach students about law related issues and legal rights. She received the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Distinguished Public Service award in honor of her dedication and commitment to social justice for the poor.
In 2009, Maria was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners (LSBPIE) as the Louisiana Private Investigator Association (LPIA) Member at Large. As a board member, she has dedicated her time and efforts to insuring that the private investigative industry standards reflect the highest level of professionalism. She was appointed by fellow board members as chairman of the Training and Education Committee (TEC). Maria collaborated with fellow board members, instructors, and private investigators to revise the educational manual used by LSBPIE in its required 40 hour basic private investigator educational course. She enlisted the assistance of Loyola law students through the law school's pro bono program to make core revisions to the educational manual. Law students earned pro bono hours required for graduation and LSBPIE received a revised educational manual at no costs.