Mary has been a board member since 1996. Having served in nearly every capacity within the organization, she sees her role as representing GGRWHC in the community while planning and occasionally presenting programs. Her special area of expertise is that of immigrant women, particularly Swedish and German.
Mary is a retired professor and dean emerita at Grand Valley State University where she taught German and linguistics. The recipient of several community recognitions including the Tribute award, Mary’s work on behalf of women in leadership includes volunteer service with the Michigan Women’s Studies Association, Women’s Resource Council, American Association for University Women, Equity of Female Athletes, the Girl Scouts, the Swedish Council of America, and the Swedish American Historical Society. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota, and she received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.
Mary notes that “In addition to showcasing the accomplishments of earlier women, the GGRWHC also assists today’s women and organizations in documenting their own histories.”