For two decades, MaJa was a leader in the responsible travel and environmental tourism movements before the term “ecotourism” was coined. Over the years she spoke at conferences and conducted interviews worldwide to educate people about the impacts of tourism. She founded The Travel Specialists in 1985, to promote peace and understanding through travel.
In 1991, MaJa and Anthony Sanchez co-founded Eagle Eye Institute. As a young person growing up in the rural Midwest, MaJa was surrounded by nature but didn't realize how lucky she was to grow up in this setting until she started traveling the world. She joined Anthony to start Eagle Eye because of her passion to connect youth with nature. MaJa continues working at Eagle Eye as the volunteer fiscal manager and as a member of the organization's Foundation Team.
When she is not volunteering with Eagle Eye, MaJa, together with Anthony, is tending their organic vegetable garden, many flower gardens, and “off the grid” homestead, all while soaking up the beauty and power of nature at MountainStar Forest in the Berkshire Hills.