Mary serves as Coordinator for the Women as Strength Program at GBM. The Women As Strength Program was developed with an emphasis on each member as a valued person, building supportive relationships and encouraging women to spend time with each other outside of regular sessions. They hold workshops, with open discussions on race & poverty, healing, and faith. They also interview clients for food and clothing assistance and advise women in financial management, domestic violence, using information from Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
She represents GBM on numerous boards and agencies. She is Chair of the Board of World of Opportunity, a community-based, social justice, civil rights, educational, and job readiness program. She served on the board of Urban Ministry for one year for Religion and Race. She is on the board for Alabama ARISE and is a member of the Community Affairs Committee of Operation New Birmingham. She serves on the Committee for the North Alabama Conference of UMC; St Clair Correctional Facilities, Alabama Healthy Food AccessTask Force, Youth Serve, Inc., past Chair of board; Birmingham Citizen’s Advisory Board, Alabama Voices for Children, Community Affair Committee, and the Children Defense Fund where she was involved in the Development of the Adolescent Program with the Jefferson County Health Department.
She initiated the City Of Birmingham’s Domestic Violence Program which involved the Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office. She wrote the grant, with Mary DeShaney, for funding which created the Prescott House, where abused children are sent prior to any court action in cases where the child had been victimized. She implemented the Young Mother’s Program with mothers and their children who were at the time residing in Metropolitan Garden housing complex.
She also serves with the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, Minority Business, Training & Development Program, the Children’s Defense Fund, the ACLU, Sister All Gathering, and David Korten’s Great Turning Initiative.
She has traveled To Alushta, The Crimea with 25 other women from the United States to conduct workshops for women in Russia.
Mary received her degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a major in criminal justice and minor in social work. She previously worked at the Riley Community Center, the Mayor’s office of the city Birmingham as Administrative Assistant to the Mayor and on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, UAB School of Nursing as the Registrar Assistant for Graduate Programs, and the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office/Model Cities Program.