Consultant & Trainer nationally and in the Midwest on addicted
women and their families. She collaborates with treatment providers
and other systems to improve treatment access and outcomes for women
and their families.
From 1992 - 2004 Maya was the Women's Specialist and Supervisor
of Quality Assurance, Technical Assistance and Training for the
Illinois DHS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASA). Prior
to her work in state government, Maya held positions as Director
of treatment programs for women, and women with children.
Maya started working in the field of alcoholism in 1976, with a
passion for the plight of oppressed women she began studying specific
women's issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, parenting,
relationships, and women in the child welfare and criminal justice
systems. Maya participated in lay ministry training, applying spiritual
aspects of recovery to women's issues. Maya has a BA, and is a Masters
Candidate. Maya has extensively studied Neurolinguistic Programming
(NLP) with the Family Learning Center, and group dynamics at the
Oasis Center in Chicago, and has presented hundreds of workshops
on brief and motivational techniques to empower women into recovery.
Maya chaired the first women's issues committee of IADDA in 1986;
and in 1991 received the Keith Keisey award for her progressive
work in the area of women's substance abuse treatment issues. Maya
was project manager over the development of the Illinois' Women's
Plans, Outreach Services for women, and the Women's Training Manual,
and has participated on numerous advisory boards, task forces, and
committees dealing with issues of addicted women and their families,
including the Chicago Mayor's Task Force on Women's Health, where
she met Hillary Clinton, who came to Illinois to personally meet
and thank each committee member.