Mary is a senior communications strategist with 20+ years of experience working with education and healthcare institutions – from Fortune 500 corporate entities and private universities to Chicago non-profit social service organizations and professional membership groups.
She rose to become senior vice president at Public Communications Inc. – a Chicago-based, national communications and marketing agency – advancing from mid-level management as an account supervisor to her current leadership position.
She’s had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of client campaigns, while also developing her own specialty in visual storytelling and integrated PR to generate awareness and action for healthcare and education clients.
There has always been a common thread: it is purpose-driven communications.
Her campaigns have increased understanding among journalists and their audiences about the facts, successes and complexities of school turnaround as an education reform model. They have won media visibility and helped drive fundraising event attendance and donations for a Park Ridge-based organization advocating on behalf of adults who have developmental disabilities. And they have spread the word about advances in specialty medications and infused therapies for complex conditions like bleeding disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Having completed the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, Dealing With An Angry Public, Mary also has provided crisis and issues counsel to numerous executive leaders who needed to communicate about sensitive topics, transitions, legal issues and scrutiny by regulatory bodies.
As a journalism graduate of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, she is proud to serve on the Chicago Advisory Committee of the News Literacy Project. In addition to the inspiration she gets from working with teams of intelligent, imaginative PR peers, she stays fired up by creating and performing music in the prog-art rock band she and her husband co-founded.
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