MARIA LUISA GARCIA-VERDUGO (MARISA) is a native of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. She has been a Spanish-language reviewer of the National Spanish Examinations since 2010. Marisa holds a B.A. in education from the Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres, Spain; a M.A. from Michigan State University at East Lansing in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics; and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. Marisa currently serves as the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University Northwest.