BS, Communications Media (with Emphases in Film Production and Acting), John Paul the Great Catholic University
Maria was born in Minnesota and homeschooled between there and Wisconsin where her family cultivated a deep love for the outdoors, road tripping to discover new places, and family ties. Activities such as being a state delegate to the 2012 MN State convention, attending WYD2016, avid work with the pro-life movement and Children of the Immaculate Heart, CCD, various small business ventures, and leading women’s or young adult groups have always been a huge part of her life. Her pursuit of fostering culture and the intellectual life brought her to John Paul the Great Catholic University from which she graduated in 2017 with a BS in Communications Media, double Emphases in Acting and Film Production, and credits that include the equivalent of minors in Business, Philosophy, Theology, Cinematography, and Producing. After 2 years of working with a feature film company in San Diego (including films such as “Infidel” with Jim Caveizel), she moved to Idaho in pursuit of the mountains and more water, a smaller town with local art opportunities, and a wonderful parish. When 2020 interrupted the art world, she started St. Joan of Arc Theatre Troupe with local youth and young adults where she wrote and directed “The Martyrs of Compiegne” and “Joan the Maid” and then produced and directed “Murder in the Cathedral” by T.S. Eliot with her troupe. In 2021, she decided to visit the Wild West for the Wyoming School of Catholic Thought’s “Shakespeare in Rome” week during which she met her husband Joseph Fredriksson through another old Wisconsin friend. Currently, she splits her time mostly between Registrar, teaching music, sewing that includes altar linens and vestments, and pursuing her favorite past times such as hosting, reading, outdoor activities, painting, writing, wine making, stateside and international travel, history studies, thrifting, and singing. She is always happy to learn something new or go on an adventure, and she hopes to foster the local culture and community through a multitude of avenues during her time here.