Mary is a Certified Crisis Counselor and a former fire fighter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York. She is Board Certified by The National Center of Crisis Management and American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
She specializes in debriefing and counseling first responder personnel and worked with traumatic grief and loss support for veterans and first responders. She is the founder and executive director of an international nonprofit organization working with the Dalai Lama's govt in exile assisting refugees and torture survivors throughout the Himalayan region. Mary created / directed projects assisting Native American families on reservations under the guidance of Ms. Delores White Hat, Lakota Tribal Elder.
She received accommodation from Colorado Mental Health Community Reach Centers, for her work as an outreach specialist after Hurricane Katrina; "In recognition of extraordinary achievement in the coordination of educational outreach regarding vicarious trauma on behalf of Colorado's 1st Responders to Hurricane Katrina".
Mary has been awarded the United States President's Call to Service Award in recognition for life time achievement of 4000 hours of volunteer work to assist communities and individuals at home and abroad.