Bilingual Match Up Specialist and Case Manager
College: St. John’s University
Major: Social Work
Grad School: Columbia University
College Sport: Soccer
Hometown: Kinderhook, NY
Current Home: Boston, MA
Favorite Athlete: Muhammad Ali and Sydney Leroux
Mariela earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Prior to that, she played Division I soccer where she first learned to support patients with life-threatening illnesses through several team volunteer opportunities. Mariela has volunteered at the Double H Ranch and Give Kids the World as well as interned at the Ronald McDonald House. Mariela previously worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, supporting patients with Congenital Heart Disease. Mariela is highly competitive and enjoys running ultramarathons, boxing, and playing soccer.
When asked the question, “Why Team IMPACT?” Mariela said:
Team IMPACT combines my love of sports with my desire to help kids experiencing life threatening and chronic illnesses. As a former athlete, I have benefited directly from all of the wonderful opportunities sports can provide and all the invaluable lessons sports teach. In my opinion, there is no greater way to help Team IMPACT kids cope with their diagnoses in a positive way than through sports and inclusion on a team. As the first bilingual case manager at Team IMPACT, I am honored and excited to start bringing these amazing experiences to kids and their families that speak Spanish as their primary language.