Maria began her employment with ABIL in 1999 as a caregiver for her mother. In 2002, she was hired as the Mesa Program Aide/Receptionist, and in 2003, Maria was promoted to a PAS Supervisor, were she coordinated the in-home care for ABIL’s consumers and supervised her caregivers.
Maria was passionate about her job and loved ABIL for what it stood for. Being a supervisor came naturally to Maria; being a caregiver herself gave her the true understanding of what consumers need in order to continue to live at home and maintain their independence. She also understood the responsibilities and sometimes difficulties of being a caregiver. ABIL, its consumers, and caregivers have lost a true advocate and friend.