Maria was hooked on CrossFit the day she stepped into CFE for the free intro in 2015. She was looking for a better way to achieve fitness, after years of trying to squeeze in training time as a triathlete, while juggling the demands of home and work. CrossFit offered the solution with the bonus of including a close-knit support community. Maria moved to Maryland with her husband in 1992 starting her career at the National Institutes of Health. Maria has spent the last 20+ years translating scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions with a focus on the development of new vaccines. Now that her two children are grown; she has taken her passion for CrossFit to the next level and wants to help other “senior” athletes such as herself maintain and improve fitness. She does like to compete on occasion and has qualified for the CrossFit Age Group Quarterfinals in 2021 and 2022. Maria has a MSc in Microbiology and is a CF-L2 coach. She is constantly expanding her CrossFit education and has also completed the Scaling, Judging, Gymnastics and Larger Body Athletes courses.