Maria Costella serves as our Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Foundation Officer, bringing over two decades of comprehensive experience in Human Resources across diverse sectors. Maria recently celebrated her eight-year work anniversary with our company, starting her journey with PHI when she was tasked with orchestrating the seamless transition of various Human Resources functions from our corporate office in Lafayette, Louisiana, to our corporate office in Phoenix, Arizona.

Throughout her tenure, Maria has exhibited remarkable leadership, spearheading the implementation of company-wide HR processes tailored to serve our business needs and our unique industry. With the support of our Board of Directors, Maria established our Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Yellow and Black Giving Back Foundation in 2021, embodying the mission of fostering our PHI community by supporting employees who are experiencing hardship.

Maria’s career began in the technology industry where she was provided with the great opportunity to understand how technology can have a positive impact on automating manually dependent processes. Her expertise extends across various sectors, including Technology, Financial Services and Healthcare. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team, enriching PHI with invaluable insights and proficiency.

She began her college education in Fresno, California, then moved to Arizona, which she has called home for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Additionally Maria holds esteemed certifications in Human Resources and holds a respected designation as a Certified Compensation Professional, underscoring her dedication to excellence in her field.