Born in Judivana, Venezuela. Marie attended Coral Gables High, Miami Dade College.
 
Marie has 40 plus years of Experience as a Licensed Marine Life Collector and is a past importer/exporter of marine life. She has been involved in the design, fabrication, installation, sales, and servicing of the finest Marine Reef Aquariums in Central Florida which includes movie sets, hospitals, and doctor offices, and homes.
 
Marie founded the Central Florida Aquarium Society in the early 80’s and is involved with Florida Marine Aquarium Society, Miami Aquarium Society, and Tampa Bay Aquarium. She has judged at Science Fairs in Central Florida and at fish shows at many Aquarium clubs.
 
Currently, Marie is the owner of SeaLife Aquarium in Apopka Florida and has previously owned Aqua Marine Tropicals and Marine Tropical Wholesale.
 
When she is not spending time with her grandson, son, and daughter-in-law, Marie enjoys boating, canoeing, water skiing, skin diving, and traveling to Islands.