Maureen is originally from the Philadelphia area. She studied sociology at the University of Colorado, where she first discovered her love of travel and passion for people and cultures. She has worked with the I Have a Dream Foundation, helping to tutor and mentor youth in the Boulder, Colorado area. During her time in Boulder she also interned with Boulder County Social Services, helping and mentoring children who have been in and out of foster care. Her love of volunteering and traveling took her to Ecuador, where she volunteered on a spectacled bear reservation, helping to reintroduce the endangered bears to the area. She hopes to pursue a degree in nursing.