With 30 years experience, Marie has moderated over a thousand focus groups, including litigation focus groups. She worked as Research Manager for Research & Polling, Inc. for fourteen years, managing employees, designing research methodologies and analyzing results. While many public opinion research professionals specialize in niche markets, this has not been the case for Marie. Her work with a wide diversity of clientele has given her knowledge on everything from high tech industries to satisfaction with the birthing experience among mothers.
Marie has a B.A. and an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. Her studies in philosophy zeroed in on the nature of perception, epistemology, and phenomenology. Avocationally, Marie has delved into such personality systems as Myers Briggs, the Enneagram and Jungian psychology.
While in graduate school, she lived in Mexico where she researched the rise and fall of the Center for Intercultural Documentation founded by Catholic priest Ivan Illich. Her research was funded through a grant from the Tinker Foundation.
A native New Mexican, born in Farmington, she began UNM on an athletic scholarship for swimming.
Marie currently coordinates the Albuquerque community group for the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Her essay "Sharing Death" received first prize in the 2016 New Mexico Press Women's contest.