Mary first entered the AEC field in Upstate New York in 1992, working for The Sear-Brown Group, which was later bought by Stantec. Before joining F&R, she spent 11 years on the marketing team of another well-known local A/E firm. Mary says she really enjoyed learning about everything the engineers did during the course of her career. “I’m a bit of a science geek,” she explains.
Mary grew up “in snow country,” in the small Erie Canal village of Brockport, New York. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in English in her hometown from the State University of New York (SUNY Brockport). Mary and her husband John relocated to Virginia in 2005 when he was offered the Director of Music Ministries position at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Historic Fredericksburg. After a three-year stint working as the Business Manager for the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts, she became the Senior Public Relations Coordinator for the American Traffic Safety Services Association.
Beyond the world of marketing, Mary’s passions include poetry and music! “Writing poetry is the ultimate exercise in ‘constructing a narrative,’ she says. “Every word counts, and brevity coupled with deeper meanings is the ideal. It’s a great discipline.” Mary also enjoys making music with her husband, performing as a duo in local eateries, and singing in two choirs at St. George’s.