By Mario O’Connell

Maria recently began work for Whittaker Associates in September. As a part-time research analyst, her responsibilities include gathering and analyzing data, and speaking to key representatives of target companies in order to predict movement.

When she is not working at Whittaker Associates, Maria is involved in an array of other activities. She is a volunteer leader for Young Life, occasionally substitute teaches for Holland Christian Schools, tutors Spanish, and is an avid member of Hope College’s Pew Society.

Maria moved to Holland in 2004 to begin undergraduate work at Hope College. She is passionate about traveling, people, and Spanish. During her career as a student, Maria did AIDS education work in South Africa, and studied for four months in southern Spain. She is currently completing her final semester at Hope College, graduating in December with a degree in Communication and Spanish.