Mary developed an early love of nature by scrambling around Ogden’s foothills trying to keep up with her brothers.
After graduating from Ogden High School, she spent the next several years working in SLC, Alaska and Seattle before returning to Ogden and Weber State. While attending Weber State, Mary spent summers working for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. In 1985 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Botany, cum laude and was named Botany Student of the year.
For the next five years while raising her young daughter, Mary worked summers at the Ogden Nature Center leading nature programs for kids. In 1990, she became the Nature Center’s Executive Director. The highlight of her six-year tenure was helping the organization raise the needed funds to construct a new Education and Visitors Center.
Since retiring from the Nature Center, Mary has served as a volunteer in the Ogden community:
Alumni Association, Weber State University. President, Board of Directors
The Community Foundation of Utah. Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Weber Pathways. Treasurer, Board of Directors
Advisory Board, American Red Cross
National Advisory Council, Weber State University
Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service, Board of Directors
Ogden City Council, 2000-2003. Chair, Vice Chair
RAMP Advisory Committee – Parks and Recreation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis. President
Northern Utah Campaign Manager, Matheson for Governor
Steering Committee, Ogden City School District Capital Facilities
Advisory Board, Weber Humane Society
Ogden-Weber Chamber, Board of Directors
Steering Committee, Ogden General Plan
Snowcrest Jr. High School, Board of Directors. President
Golden Spike Empire Travel, Board of Directors. President
Defense Depot Ogden, Environmental Committee
Community Vice President, Junior League of Ogden
Mary enjoys running, fly fishing, traveling, hiking and spending time with her husband, George and their four children and two grandsons.