Facets: Meet Maria. She really thinks you should visit the Carlsbad Caverns.


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Maria, Marketing Coordinator at the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet Maria. She really thinks you should visit the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.  

Maria was born in Palo Alto, but she grew up in Oklahoma on a wheat farm. She had 3 brothers and a sister. Maria's first job was driving a tractor on the farm. Growing up, her family went on tons of road trip vacations. They'd pile into the Vista Cruiser with imitation wood paneling and travel all over the U.S. Some of the places they visited were the Grand Canyon, the Redwoods, Carlsbad Caverns, Yellowstone, Disney World, and Washington DC. 

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When Maria got engaged, she and her fiancé moved from Oklahoma to Seattle. She worked in the Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima in the urgent care department. She loved that job. There was never a dull moment, and the people were terrific. But a friend of her husband's encouraged them to move to Brattleboro, and they did. Maria worked in advertising there.

When her husband got a job in Hanover, they moved to Norwich. Maria worked in the Benefits and the Pediatrics Departments at DHMC. But she missed doing the creative work of marketing and advertising and quit to start her own business. She did that for 3 years and then took a job doing marketing for Upper Valley Ride. She soon became the Marketing Coordinator at the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. Her favorite parts of her job are creating things and working with people.

Maria lives in Wilder with her husband, son and daughter. She's a joyful person. Instead of saying "have a good day" or "warmest regards," she often signs off on her emails with phrases like "Tulips & Petunias" or "Sunshine and Blue Skies."

Dessert she'd never order: anything with white chocolate

Place she thinks everyone should go: Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico

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