maria_annie_VIP_small.jpgWhat was your high school mascot?

I grew up in Cape Verde Islands so we didn’t have one. I did soccer and ran track when my family moved to the states. In fact, to this day I hold the record for the 50 yard dash at Robert Lewis Stevenson Middle School. 

What brought you to Bradenton?

My husband retired early, researched best places to retire, and bought our house in one weekend. In my life I've lived in Cape Verde Islands, Portugal, California, and of course Florida.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a teen I worked in the fields picking grapes so I knew I didn't want to do that forever. Really I wanted something that would allow me to travel around the world - maybe as an interpreter, I speak four languages fluently - Spanish, English, Portuguese, creole.

What DID you do when you grew up?

I became a mom! My most favorite job! In addition to that, I really loved working with children living with disabilities and have worked for courts for 21 years in both CA and FL. I retired early and became caregiver for Alzheimer’s patients.

How did you get started volunteering with Realize Bradenton?

Mimi Tran a co-worker of mine at Manatee County Clerk's office recruited me. I love the Blues Festival!! I don’t care what is going on – I don’t miss that day – I love it!

Where else do you volunteer?

I am the Treasurer for Parrish Playworks – North River Theatre Troupe.

What do you love to do so much that you lose track of time while you’re doing it?

Volunteering! When I’m serving others, not thinking about myself.

Name a few of your favorite places in downtown Bradenton.

Riverwalk is so dear to my heart, such as connection to everything. Just recently, we ate at Pier 22 and took a walk – what a wonderful place to live!

Batman or Superman?

Superman – because he’s the one that helps more; he goes out there and makes the wrong’s right for all of humanity.