Mary is founder and executive director of the Global Peace Foundation. In 1998 she began working with the HH Dalai Lama's Dept of Religion and Culture to assist Tibetan refugees and torture survivors throughout the Himalayan region, establishing the Compassionate 2000 Sponsorship Program caring for 100 refugee monks and nuns, the Jampa Project with the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, India, assisting refugees fleeing torture in Chinese prisons in Tibet, Peace Seed Gardens Project, Emergency Fund Medical Project and others with the support of time, energy and donations from extraordinary volunteers and sponsors throughout the US.
She is a certified crisis counselor and former fire fighter. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religious Studies 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 received accommodations from Colorado Mental Health Community Reach Director Dr J Pastor, MD, PhD, for her work as outreach specialist to Colorado first responders returning from Hurricane Katrina
Mary received the United States President's Call to Service Award from President Bush in recognition for life time achievement of 4000 hours of volunteer work to assist communities and individuals at home and abroad.