Maryanne grew up in the San Fernando Valley, near Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Los Angeles Pierce College with an Associate of Arts in Sign Language Interpreting, she worked for 15 years at the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). While there, she received training as a mentor and was certified as an ASL diagnostician. She also participated in the Pep-Net West Video Outreach Program as a long distance mentor. During that same time, she worked as a full time interpreter for UCLA interpreting in the Law school, the Medical school and the College of Arts and Sciences.
She moved to Tulsa in 1999, and since then has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies from the University of Oklahoma. She began Accent on Interpreting as a way to use the skills she learned in California to support her colleagues in Oklahoma, especially those struggling to pass evaluation instruments. After 16 years working full or part-time for Tulsa Community College, she recently returned to private practice and video relay interpreting. She loves music, mime, her family, her pets, computers, and writing, not necessarily in that order.