Lives in Westerly
Maria has been a professional hair stylist and cosmetologist for more than 15 years and owner of Bella Vita Salon for the past eight years. She is a Goldwell Certified Colorist and progressive stylist and has traveled in many of the Trend Zoom Expenditures to keep up with the latest styles, techniques and color.
Maria’s innovative spirit and compassionate manner is both an inspiration to her staff and a driving force behind her success. She employs 19 stylists and encourages their involvement in the community.
She is a board member and star fundraiser for the Adult Day Center of Westerly. She helped raise over $25,000 for their “Share the Care” capital campaign. She has been the chairman of two major fall fundraisers, raising over $40,000 dollars. She established a full service salon at ADCW that provides free services three days a week. Maria volunteers for Relay for Life’s Locks of Love program and for Dancing with the Stars in Westerly. She conducted a Pamper Day at Bella Vita to raise money for a local woman undergoing costly cancer treatments. She rescued a competitor’s business by hosting it at her own shop after the flood of 2010 destroyed the other salon. This selfless gesture kept seven women employed and helped a business sustain itself through a crisis. Maria received the 2011 Leading Age of RI Quality of Life Award for Outstanding Volunteer.
Maria resides in Westerly with her two children, David, age 9, and Brian, age 5.