Maggie Machado is Women Who Shine's winner in the athlete category. The 29-year-old works as a behavior specialist in Turlock, California.
Hero: My hero is my dad because he taught me the value of working hard and never giving up. During his short time on this Earth, he taught me a lot, and I believe I get my drive from him.
Goal: Keep fitness a priority during my entire life.
Dream: I hope to impact as many children with autism as I can. I also dream of travelling the world with my husband.