Maria graduated from nursing school in ex-Yugoslavia in 1988. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Elmhurst College in Illinois and started her nursing career in the United States in 2000. Maria moved to Phoenix in 2001 and has worked at St. Joseph's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Honor Health Osborn and Scottsdale Shea Medical Centers as well as Banner Dell-Webb, Banner Boswell and Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix. During her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her daughter. Hobbies include following her daughter's dance performances and going to the opera and ballet.