Mary has served as Development Director of Southeast Missouri Pets since January 2023 when she came out of retirement to assist with building a stronger Southeast Missouri Pets development program.
Mary has been a life-long lover of all of God’s creatures both large and small, having been raised on a farm in southern Illinois. Her family has had the blessing of sharing their home with a myriad of pets over the years -all of whom have been strays or shelter pets sent to bring love and joy to their home.
Mary served as the Executive Director of Community Counseling Center Foundation from 2013 until her retirement in 2020. She was Executive Director of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation from 2006 -2013, and Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Southeast Missouri Chapter from 1990-2006.
She is the proud mother of Cole (Nikki) Burton and Annie (Elliot) Shearon. She has taken on the challenge of being the best grandmother in the world to Gage, Harlow, and Lake.