Maritza was born in Waukegan, Illinois to Puerto Rican parents who transplanted her to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where she lived and studied for more than 10 years. After high school graduation, she studied liberal arts at Universidad de Puerto Rico-Utuado and then returned to the mainland where she graduated from the prestigious William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas. While at KU, Maritza was a staff photographer and feature writer for The University Daily Kansan and worked as a photographer for the Office of Public Affairs.
After graduation from J-School, she landed a job in the newsroom of The Kansas City Times (defunct, now The Kansas City Star). By 2002, Maritza was a successful freelance magazine writer with articles in Latina, LatinGirl, Estylo, SóloElla.com, and Urban Latino.
When Maritza moved to Colorado in 2003, she had thousands of dollars burning a hole in her pocketbook. She spent it on outdoor sports gear and classes such as rock and ice climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, backcountry hiking, and mountain biking. In 2005, she graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School and bagged the summits of Devils Tower in Wyoming, and Turret Dome in Colorado.
After playing in the backcountry, Maritza started Saphah Translations, a language services firm. Among Saphah Translations’ high-profile clients were Lionbridge, TransPerfect, Translations.com, Truven Health Analytics, and Century Casinos.
Maritza’s entrepreneurial heart fell in love with the emerging cannabis industry in Colorado so she closed Saphah Translations, graduated from Cannabis Training University, and entered the industry as a trimmer at the largest cannabis grows in the state. Though the trim quota was 6,000 grams per work day, Maritza quickly became one of the top ten trimmers by consistently trimming 10,000 and 12,000 grams per day.
Maritza is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified and envisions herself working as a process analysis and improvement consultant in the cannabis industry.