|Preferred Mailing Address||4028 Dublin Drive,
Minnetonka, MN 55345
|Contact Phone||Work: 612.423.2795|
|Education||Graduate – Partners in Policymaking, MN Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
MBA – Finance and Accounting, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
BS – Business Administration, Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas
|Interest in developmental disabilities||Mary is a parent of four daughters of varying abilities. One daughter has the attribute of a developmental disability.|
|Experience in developmental disabilities||Mary has life experiences with family members and neighbors with developmental disabilities. Most recently her journey has been enriched through her daughter’s developmental disability and the vast network of parents and professionals advocating for and supporting individuals with disabilities.
Mary has immersed herself in learning about developmental disabilities and the issues faced by individuals with a developmental disability, and working toward resolving the issues. She is an active advocate within her school community and local, county, state and national government. Mary has participated in the Arc GTC Education Action Network and has served on the Minnetonka Special Education Advisory Committee. As a parent volunteer, Mary was instrumental in the three-year planning, funding and building an inclusive playground at her daughters’ elementary school. Mary was The Arc of Minnesota finance officer from 2009 through early 2011. Mary is currently active with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Children’s Workgroup, the River Valley Girl Scout Council Inclusion Committee, and Landscape Structures Inclusive Play Advisory Board.
Over the last eight years, Mary has advocated for inclusive schools. She has raised awareness through obtaining an annual Governor’s Proclamation for Inclusive Schools Week, initiating school district support and sharing best practice information. In 2011, Mary was the catalyst behind a free community event celebrating Inclusive Schools Week with keynote speaker Patrick Schwarz. The event shed light on the path of possibility for individuals with disabilities through inclusion in school and life.
Mary lives inclusively and leads daily by example. She has modeled acceptance and inclusion through her volunteer work as a troop leader and school organizer/recruiter for Girl Scouts, and as an initiator and leader in school book clubs, community education ski club and community playground events.
|Mary enjoys meeting with and helping connect people to successfully pursue their personal and professional interests and passions. Fitness for life is a tenet by which Mary lives by. She enjoys geocaching, swimming, biking and cross-country skiing.|