After receiving a Bachelors in Sociology, Maryann started her career in urban ministry by working under the leadership of Evan Hartsell at Club Christ Ministries in Las Vegas. There she launched an apartment-based after school program in a low-income and high-crime neighborhood. Its success propelled students to new academic heights and bridged the gap between local kids and the local church. She and her family relocated to South Florida in September of 2015 where she joined a local urban youth organization that partnered with low performing schools to raise the academic performance of low income youth. She's married to her husband of 8 years and together they have a spunky 4 year old daughter and a baby boy who has taught them what it means to "belly laugh."