Approach: Mary has a strong belief in the critical and important role of nonprofits in sustaining a healthy community. She is committed to working with Executive Directors, their leadership teams, and their Boards of Directors to plan for strategic program growth along with building effective community partnerships and organizational infrastructures that will help support the growth. She is asked to be an executive mentor for new executive directors or for executives looking to create opportunities for mission expansion.
Experience: Mary launched her nonprofit consulting business in 2015 following her retirement from Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) in June 2015. She spent most of her career at NVFS – advancing from a family counselor to Deputy Director to Executive Director/ President & CEO. She led the organization from 1988 until 2015. During that time:
- The organization grew from one million dollars in revenue to over thirty-eight million dollars and built the staff from 35 to over 400.
- Services for the most at-risk and needy children and families were designed, implemented, and expanded throughout Northern Virginia.
- Community engagement increased to over 4,000 volunteers, and numerous faith communities and corporate businesses became involved in the mission.
Mary is distinguished in her career not only through bringing programs to scale, but in innovation. NVFS was the first private provider of foster care services in Northern Virginia. She worked with George Mason University to create an emergency crisis response training for the newly arriving Indochinese refugees in the 70’s so they could reach out into their ethnic communities to provide services. NVFS designed the first job training program in the country, that in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, credited the training curriculum so that the graduates not only received outstanding computer/office training but also a semester of college credit.
The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region reached out to NVFS following 9/11 to ask them to lead the local response to those impacted by the attack on the Pentagon. Then Fairfax County reached out to ask NVFS to take the lead in using their premier case management strategies to work with the newly relocated families following Hurricane Katrina. NVFS partnered with nine other nonprofits and a local government to build a new way to create rapid re-housing options for fragilely-housed families. Mary also led NVFS through four mergers with other community-based organizations.
Mary is also an active voice in Virgina around the needs of children and families. She served on numerous community task forces and advocacy groups and helped to build local and state mechanisms to effectively advocate for their needs in the communities.
Community/Board affiliations (Past and/or Present):
- NFL Player Care Foundation Board (Director)
- Inova Health Systems Health Services Board (Director)
- Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington (Director/Chair)
Leadership Fairfax, Inc. Board (Director)
Participation on numerous community task forces invested in the improvement of health and human services