Yolanda Maria Martinez
Yolanda Maria Martinez, known to all as Maria, is the founder and CEO of Respira, Inc., a respiratory, sleep medicine, durable medical equipment, safety, and health company which she started in the spring of 2001. Through a women’s business center, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB), she was able to learn the business skills necessary to start her business. With a single-minded drive to provide the highest level of compassionate care, Maria combined over 30 years of experience in the medical field with her desire to build a company that truly cares about outcomes and accountability. The result was Respira Medical—a company dedicated to ensuring effective treatment for individuals requiring custom tailored home care programs, serving over 80,000 patients.
Maria has been honored to serve on numerous boards and affiliations including Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Maryland Auto Insurance Fund, President of Centro de La Comunidad, Executive Board of the NAACP-Baltimore (first Hispanic to serve on the Board), Founding Member of Women Impacting Public, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Secretary, Chair of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, past Chair of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the executive committee of the Living Classrooms Foundation, Treasurer of Emerge Maryland, Nominations Committee for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and a subcommittee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.