Maddie is originally from Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Niagara University in May of 2015 with a degree in biology and environmental studies where she did a lot of research on plastic pollution. During her research, she ended up aboard a traditional sailing ship and developed a passion for sailing and teaching others. After college, she moved to California where she lived and worked on a ship for 8 months. Prior to joining Fusion, Maddie worked at Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA, teaching marine science to students K-12. Maddie loves to spend her time travelling, hiking, camping, and doing yoga.