Friendly and easy to chat with, Maris enjoys scheduling; helping resolve patients’ concerns; offering encouragement; and setting-up outreach at health fairs, senior centers, and networking events. Maris has been a volunteer and mentor to many women in several support groups for almost 30 years. Since 2002 her passion has been her dedication to the Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation to help find a cure for Children’s Alzheimer’s. Her two grown daughters and grandchildren are the light of her life. Maris enjoys gardening, yoga, cruises, and walking.