Mary is retired Army with over 21 years active duty service where she served in many challenging positions and deployed with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division during the Gulf War. After becoming a veteran herself, she accidentaly dedicated herself to advocating for all veterans but especially women veterans. She is active in several veteran organizations, to include Women Veterans of America, Clarksville Women Veterans Network, as well as the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS. Mary was the first woman veteran to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board. She was the Tennessee Woman Veteran of Year for 2012, was selected as a Woman of Influence for Nonprofit Management by the Nashville Business Journal in 2015 and received the Nashville Business Journal Veterans Award September 2015.
Her passion is working with women veterans. Her mission is speaking for women veterans who are unable to speak for themselves.