Maria Walen is a Dakota Girl at heart. She grew up in Fargo, ND and went to Brigham Young University to study Arabic/ Middle Eastern Science. Although not related to her major, Maria fell in love with the hospitality industry and has managed several hotels over the past 10 years.
Empowering other people to excel and to have the greatest strength of knowledge at their fingertips has been a passion of Maria's in her role in hospitality management. An even stronger desire to help cancer patients in their path of treatment and options, Maria truly feels CancerGRACE offers empowerment when it is needed most.
Maria truly enjoys being involved with her community and to be of service to those she can help. She is currently serving on several city boards for the City of Mandan in North Dakota. She is also on the Board of Directors for Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center, Leadership Bismarck Mandan Alumni Association and Growing BisMan. She is also involved in serving in her church and in programs to help the community and its citizens thrive.
Interests outside of work include reading historical fiction novels, traveling, being with family, and dabbling in artistic attempts that ultimately end up looking like a third grader’s art project.