Mary grew up in Portland, the daughter of a public elementary school teacher who worked with children who were challenged in learning to read, mostly because English was not the language spoken at home. After completing a B.S. in Business at Portland State University and earning her C.P.A., Mary led business functions at a large, investor-owned utility before moving into leadership roles in nonprofits focused on children and families. Mary has led fundraising efforts, either as a Board member or a staff leader, for organizations focused upon educational opportunities, at-risk youth, leadership/mentorship and health care. Mary is passionate about education and is excited to partner with Stand leadership to honor our dedicated supporters. Mary is the proud parent of three amazing kids......and an Aussie pup named Jax.