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Mary has a degree from Oklahoma State University in Hotel & Restaurant Administration. Her career began with Interurban Restaurants, working in management as they opened their new upscale restaurant Rockefellers and the Market. She transitioned to catering, working with Raspberries ‘N Crème, Aunt Pittypat’s and Valentino’s Catering before taking time off to raise her daughter, Caitlin, and son, Shelby.During this time, Mary served their church, Messiah Lutheran Church & School, including serving as president of the Messiah Lutheran School and a founding board member. Additional volunteering and service roles include Anna’s House Foundation, Frontline Church, Kappa Alpha Theta, Stand in the Gap Life Launch, Water4 Gala & Walk4Water events, YWCA Women’s Shelter committees, and Youth Leadership Oklahoma selection committees.
Mary returned to professional work in 2004 as a coordinator for Youth Leadership Oklahoma, then as a Client and Corporate Event Specialist for GiANT Partners and Magellan Executive Partners.
Mary and her husband Tom have been married 38 years, have two married children, two grandsons, and are expecting a granddaughter in March 2023. Mary’s interests include cooking, gardening, running, reading, traveling, boating, and hiking at their family retreats at Lake Tenkiller, Pawnee, OK and Buena Vista, CO.