In September 2017, Maria joined the SPIN (Lehigh) family as a Direct Support Professional. Maria is dedicated to ensuring proper treatment, respect, and care for every individual’s unique needs. She treats everyone as if they were family members and commits to her work with a focus on each individual’s personal needs. Maria is an active advocate for the rights of people in her care. In July 2018, Maria completed the AFSCME Department of Education Steward and Leadership training, earning her Stewards in Action Program certification. Her passion shines brightly through the quality of her work and she is an outstanding example of our union membership. The compassion, love, and respect she shows for every individual is undeniable. Maria has continuously shown herself to be a valuable asset to AFSCME Local 1739, but more importantly to the members we support.