“I am bound to United Way because I embrace their mission and vision as my own. To Live United requires that we think outside of ourselves and to our community, to those we share this piece of earth with. This includes thinking about our neighbors—all of our neighbors throughout Northern New Mexico—and our co-workers, as well as our friends and family, as we exist in this world and move through our days. This increases our compassion. Understanding how their life links to our life make us better neighbors, better friends, and better humans. I believe this is why we are here, or at a minimum, it is why I am here--to be kind, to be compassionate, to be persistent, and to work and live united.”
A native of Phoenix Arizona. Maassen has lived in Northern New Mexico for most of the last twenty-seven years. She previously worked as Community Relations Director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and as Marketing Director for Los Alamos Medical Center. She has served on boards, worked as an advocate, a fundraiser, and a volunteer with many local and regional community organizations including the Los Alamos Family Council, The Relay for Life, the Los Alamos Rotary Club, the Community Health Council, and many others.
Maassen holds a B.A. in Organizational Psychology. She is a mother, a sister, a grandmother, and a writer. She and her husband Larry Maassen live in El Rancho in the Pojoaque Valley with a hound dog and a poodle.