Maggie is a Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) hospice social worker for Ocean County, NJ. Maggie first became interested in medical social work as an undergraduate student at Rutgers University. She would volunteer weekly for a local foundation that supported children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Maggie visited pediatric patients receiving treatment at the clinic, where she would spend the day playing games and doing activities with the children. 

After receiving her masters degree specializing in palliative cafe from Fordham University, Maggie relocated to Belmar, NJ to work full time as a licensed medical Social Worker for VNA hospice. Maggie loves her career as a hospice social worker, and in her free time she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. 


Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting John “Gungie” Rivera when I interviewed for a position at the Cristian Rivera foundation.  As a newly-licensed social worker, I had just graduated from Fordham University and was in the process of applying to multiple agencies. John sat down with me and told his story about losing Cristian to DIPG, which was very moving. I was originally drawn to the position advertised because I had such a great experience volunteering for a foundation that supported children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders in the past.  While I ended up accepting a different job offer, I knew that I would continue to volunteer for the Cristian Rivera Foundation whenever I was able to. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be more involved with the foundational, and I am determined to help fight this devastating illness and find a cure for DIPG.