Mary received her A.S. in physical therapy in 1976 from Southern Illinois University – she was the only African American in her class. Her impressive career has spanned 41 years in the healthcare industry, starting as a physical therapist and working all the way up to Senior Corporate Vice President at Sentara Healthcare, one of the foremost healthcare systems in the country, a position she has held for the last seven years.

A dedicated volunteer and leader, Mary has committed herself to inspiring and mentoring women as well as dedicated her time and talents to higher education and nonprofit boards/councils. Mary feels a responsibility to give back. She grew up in an ALICE household (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and as a board member of the United Way’s Women United she rolls up her sleeves and participates in United Way’s Day of Action, Day of Caring and Stone Soup volunteer events.

Mary’s efforts to invest in women are not just about contributing financial resources, but bringing the talents and physical energy women have to find and fund solutions around the issues at-risk women face. For her, it’s not just about one organization’s mission – it’s about collectively eliminating barriers for all women.

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