Chiou Yueh (Maria) Tsai was born and raised in Taiwan, R.O.C. She was a preschool teacher before coming to the United States as an international student to attend graduate school. She received her training in pedagogy, curriculum design, and statistics from Texas A&M University. During her study there, she worked as a research assistant in the Instructional Lab supporting various faculty-led, grant-funded research projects. Her research experience encompasses qualitative and quantitative research in teacher education, instructional evaluation, educational measurement, and student support programs. She joined the Mt. SAC family in 2001, first as an hourly part-time staff in the Student Services area. In January 2006, she began working for RIE, an office of four at the time. During her tenure here at Mt. SAC, she has worked on research projects involving student cohort tracking at both college and program levels, national and federal grant applications data support, placement test validation, transfer studies, college surveys, accreditation data support for the college and vocational programs, and data integrity verification. Currently, she belongs to the AB705 Multiple Measures project workgroup and leads various research projects in support of related efforts. Additionally, she provides guidance and data coaching to fellow researchers on various research projects and on Mt. SAC Banner system and data warehouse. Maria makes it a mission for herself to ensure data integrity for all her projects by investigating tirelessly on any data issues. For fun, Maria enjoys traveling, gardening, and art.