Maria has over 30 years experience in public accounting. Her expertise includes business planning and consulting (operational and systems reviews, development and implementation of profit improvement strategies, forecasts and projections, budgeting), audits of not-for-profit organizations, reviews and compilations, and tax planning & preparation. Over the years, she has also been a part-time college instructor and guest lecturer at various business conferences and seminars. Outside of her profession, Maria has two passions: first, making a difference in the world through service in Rotary (she has been a member for 20 years and has held many leadership positions) and spending time with her family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
California State University, Bakersfield, B.S. 1979, magna cum laude,
Member, Beta Gamma Sigma; Wall Street Journal Award – Outstanding business student 1979.
Postgraduate seminars in Accounting and Tax Matters.
Postgraduate seminars in Business and Operational Management.
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Rotary Club of Ventura, member since 2006
Rotary Club of Bakersfield East, 1992-2006 (President 2003-04)
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Bakersfield Graduate & member of Advisory Council
Accounting Instructor, California State University Bakersfield and Bakersfield College
Conference Lecturer on tax, financial and business management issues – various business and professional organizations.