Maria Hayes - Financial Consultant

Maria brings 20 years of accounting experience to the United Way. She received her Master’s in Accounting from University of South Florida and supplemented her CPA certification with accreditation as a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager.

She spent 12 years at a law firm in Tampa before leaving the legal sector and opened her own office, as a CPA in Naples. These professional transitions prepared her for the next phase in her career. She began working with several non-profits and gained a deeper understanding of the work and support that local non-profits and churches provide to the community. Maria has always had a passion for serving people, and working with the non-profit organizations, that is when she made the shift to working primarily with non-profit organizations.

Maria began her career with United Way of Collier County in 2015 as a Financial Consultant. She has been instrumental in supporting the mission and managing the finances during this time of growth.  By following solid accounting practices, she maintains financial records that meet all government regulations. She works with the Finance Committee and staff to help meet our mission and Strategic Plan.  Maria is passionate about helping others and supporting them to meet their goals.

When not in the office Maria enjoys boating, crafting and spending time with her family, she is a proud mother of three, and a grandmother of two!

Office: 239 261 7112 ext 202