Maura’s pursuits have been an ongoing blend of science and art. After completing a Bachelors degree in aquatic biology/environmental studies she earned a Masters in neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara. She continued her career at UCSB as a lab director in the Neuroscience Research Institute and as an artist/digital imaging specialist in Instructional Development. After moving to Portland in 2011, she began an immensely rewarding new chapter sharing art and nature with children. She volunteered with CHAP and as a nature guide at Tryon Creek State Park and also worked as a Montessori garden teacher and life coach for children on the Autism spectrum. In her spare time, Maura¬†continues to pursue her love of the fine arts with a focus on drawing, printmaking, collage, and bookmaking.

In 2019, Maura joined the staff of CHAP as a hospital-based teaching artist. She is always inspired by the creativity, courage, and resilience of the families she meets and by the talent, dedication, and love of the CHAP team.