Deputy Director – Children and Family Services
Maria brings over 27 years of experience in the Human Services arena in San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency. She started to work for the Agency as a vocational assistant in 1988 and from there she worked in various aspects of the Agency ranging from Eligibility to Social Worker to supervisor and manager in the Welfare and Eligibility programs, Child Welfare Services, Adult/Aging Services and the Family Resource Center. Maria holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Stanislaus State University.
Maria was born and raised in San Benito County. She continues to live and work in the same community. She participates in various community and State collaboratives that work towards the improvement of quality of life, improvement of services and abuse prevention. She has experience in working with diverse communities within the county and she is bilingual/bi-cultural. Maria is a member several organizations that include but is not limited to the Child Welfare Directors Association-Children’s Division, Child Abuse Prevention Council, South County & San Benito County Sexual Assault Committee, and the National Association of Social Workers.