Dr. Mary started her career in the human services field almost two decades ago as a direct service professional. During her tenure she has worked various capacities: day habilitation; residential habilitation; case management; supported employment; behavioral health; nursing and early intervention. She received her doctorate in education, with emphasis in higher education and adult learning, from Walden University in 2012; a master of science degree, with emphasis in adult education and literacy, from Buffalo State College in 2007; and in 2006 she received a bachelor of arts degree, with emphasis in business management, from the University of Buffalo. Her academic research has ranged from historical institutional models to the benefits of post-secondary.
Dr. Mary has been recognized for her accomplishments and contributions through her work on behalf of people who experience intellectual disabilities and their families at a national level. In 2015 Dr. Mary was the National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc of the United States “Rising Star Award” recipient and in 2017 received the award for “Program Innovation”. In addition Dr. Mary was a finalist for Austin Under 40 in Nonprofit Service in 2017 and is a finalist again this year in 2018.
Dr. Mary is actively involved in the Austin community through the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Capital Area Steering Committee, the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Central Texas, Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits, Preservation Austin, Divine Canines and One Voice Standards of Excellence Committee.
Lauren moved to Austin in 2002 and has held director level positions in fundraising, public relations, marketing and event coordination over the past 15 years. Before joining the team at The Arc of the Capital Area, she worked at The Moody College of Communication at UT and is the Events Director for The Flatwater Foundation. In 2016, Lauren helped to raise $515,000 for The Flatwater Foundation in support of fully funding cancer therapy sessions.
Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communications from The University of Texas at Austin. She is also actively involved with Junior League, The Flatwater Foundation and their annual Dam That Cancer event and has served on our gala committee.