Maria McDonald was born and raised in Dubuque. She is a Hempstead and UNI graduate where she played varsity tennis for 8 years.
She has been a certified tennis professional since 1985 and taught tennis to many of the children in our community in the past 32 years, including Dubuque Bank & Trust’s CEO and President, Tut Fuller, dentists, Dr. Anna Kramer and Dr. Kristin Berning, and 3 time Iowa State Singles Champion Sarah Dalton, to name just a very few. She returned from Texas to coach Wahlert’s Girls Tennis in 2009 (State Team Champs), 2010 and 2011 (State Team Runner Up) and 2017’s “Cinderella” team (State Team Runner-Up). She was honored as MVO Coach of the year in 2011 and 2017 by her peers.
Maria has been a Texas resident since January 1999. Prior to moving to Texas, she was a salesperson for her family’s company, AY McDonald, where she covered the state of Tennessee, for AY McDonald, and 8 other national waterworks industry manufacturers.
Since living in Texas, she has continued to play and compete on USTA League teams that have won several state championship titles. Additionally, she began investing in residential real estate with great success. In 2014, she became interested in and passionate about filmmaking after attending the 2nd Annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Her first short film, FUG Sweater, can be seen on Youtube. Post production was just completed on her first full length feature comedy, SUPERCON, with Momentum Production’s Dubuque business partner, Susan Gorrell.
Additionally, she has been affiliated, as a Chairman’s Council member, with The Betty Ford Center since 2001, in Rancho Mirage, CA. She is an inaugural member serving on Hazelden Betty Ford Center’s Philanthropy Council for the past 4 years. For many years, she has been a lead sponsor of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Dubuque, Iowa, as well as the Austin Film Society and the Zach Theater in Austin, TX.
Maria is an avid traveler. She lives with her 3 adored sibling kitty cats.