Maria Bennett was elected to the Beachwood Board of Education in November of 2017. Maria brings years of experience to her role on the Board, having served on corporate Boards of Directors for more than 10 years as well as more than 5 years on her alma mater, Miami University's Board and the Beachwood PTO Board. With a BS in Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering, Maria has a long history as an inventor and author, holding more than 25 patents and authoring more than 20 scientific publications. She's secured more than $23 million in state and federal grants and contracts throughout her professional career. In addition to founding a local MedTech pain management company and serving as its President and CEO since 2010, Maria creates the time to give back to both the Beachwood and the broader community. She's been a mentor for more than 20 years to young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and MAthematics), providing leadership on education, entrepreneurship and career mentorship. She's a multiple year Room Parent, former Hilltop School PTO representative and just stepped down from her role as PTO Treasurer. Maria is the proud mother of Beachwood students Luke and Kyle and wife of Carl.