In 2003, Maria commenced as Alumnae Relations-Co-ordinator at MLC—one of Australia’s most successful and innovative schools, with more than 2000 students and over 30,000 alumnae. Since 2006, Maria has led the Development and Advancement Office with a team of four. Her focus is on using best practice strategies and approaches to create positive, lasting relationships between MLC and members of its community. Portfolios include: direct fundraising—focusing on cultivating and securing major gifts, annual giving, and MLC’s bequest program; College Archives; and implementing a large reunion program, major events and community functions (local, national and overseas). Committed to the success of ADAPE/Educate Plus, Maria has been a member since 2004, becoming a Fellow in 2012. She is currently President of the VIC/TAS Chapter and is a Board Director of EducatePlus.