Maria is the leader of the pack and serves a dual role as Director for Marketing & Communications as well as Director of Data Analytics for the college. Her days are split between data analysis and reporting and overseeing the marketing, communications, and online presence of the College of Technology.
Maria graduated from Purdue University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society with minors in Psychology and Organizational Leadership. In 2002 she earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. A love of research, data, and writing led her to a position as a researcher for a traffic safety research center for the state of Indiana. It soon became a family joke that the youngest child earned her keep “standing on street corners” (checking for seatbelt use in passing vehicles) and “counting dead people” (compiling traffic fatality statistics). She left all that behind for a 4-year stint in the Division of Financial Aid as the Director of Research and (some other stuff she can no longer remember without checking her résumé) before joining Technology in January 2012.
Maria is married to Dr. Brent Drake, who also works for the university as the Chief Data Officer. Their family includes two grown children, a daughter-in-law, 6-year-old granddaughter, Karoline, and two dogs.