VA Spotlight

We love our VAs and do what we can to help the world learn more about them. This week in the VA Spotlight:

Get to Know Maria Novey!

Portrait of Maria Novey in a dark sweater with a pretty silver necklaceI am Maria Novey and currently I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I love being a VA, especially an AssistU VA, and am proud to say that I am in my 16th year of business and a Certified Master Virtual Assistant. I would like to share my story with you!

Born and raised in Weirton, West Virginia (a small steel town about 40 miles from Pittsburgh), I attended business school in Pittsburgh and landed my first secretarial job at the University of Pittsburgh when I was 18 years old. I absolutely fell in love with the University environment and over the next 26 years, I held various secretarial and administrative positions, such as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. In 1994, I made a move to the athletic department and became the Director of Men’s and Women’s Basketball Operations, in addition to performing as the administrative assistant to the Men’s Head Basketball Coach. I coordinated all administrative functions related to the business of a Division I basketball program — team travel, scheduling, academics are just a few and trust me, there is more that goes on behind the scenes than you could ever imagine! Keeping track of 15 basketball players and 4 coaches is no easy task!

Well, as they say, nothing is forever! In 1999, after an administrative change, I was called in and told that my services were no longer needed and I was replaced by two men (kinda of a compliment, huh?) The only professional world which I had known my entire life was gone and I didn’t have a clue how to put my life back together!

AssistU to the rescue!! I found AssistU purely by accident but I do believe fate had a lot to do with it! I began the training program Spring of 2000 and received my certification in September of that same year. Since then, I have been full speed ahead in growing and maintaining my practice.

Currently, I have four clients—one who has been with me for 10 years! My practice, Elite Virtual Assistance, affords me the ability to do what I do best, for people who appreciate me, not only for what I do for them, but most importantly, for the person that I am. My clients will attest that I go the extra mile for them, and I operate my practice with a high level of integrity and honesty.

My husband, John, who is in the cemetery management industry, is absolutely amazed at the entire virtual assistance industry. I have two children — Michael, who works for an executive search firm, and Carolyn, who is finishing her final year at West Chester University.r. We also have two Yorkshire Terriers, Sadie and Ellie.

Coming from sports-minded families, the Noveys, spend a lot of time enjoying sporting events, especially basketball games – both college and professional. In addition, we are oldies music fans (50’s and 60’s) and we attend as many performances as we can.

I could never have imagined 18 years ago, how wonderful my life would be right now. If it weren’t for my family and friends, my clients, and my relationships within the AssistU community, I don’t know where I would be today! I am so grateful to Anastacia for what she and the AssistU community have done to help me put my life back on track in a way I could never have imagined!

For more information about Maria Novey, please visit her at

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
– Steve Martin