After nearly twenty years in the corporate world, Mary received a Master’s Degree in Theology/Spirituality and became certified as a spiritual director from the University of St. Catherine in May, 2002. Trained as a Renewing Life facilitator, Cancer Guide and as a Mind, Body Skills facilitator by the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., Mary also is certified as a wellness speaker by the National Wellness Institute.
As a result of her own experience as a breast cancer survivor, in 2004 Mary co-founded Well Within, a nonprofit holistic wellness resource center in Woodbury, MN. Well Within provided low cost/free integrative healing support, services, classes and Outreach programs to over 30,000 people seeking healing of mind, body and spirit. Although Well Within closed in June, 2015 many of its programs are now offered by other nonprofit organizations. Mary’s internet radio show, Hope, Healing and WellBeing, was one of the top-rated shows on Webtalkradio from 2010-15. Mary loves to give retreats, workshops and presentations, including about her award-winning book, Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells. Her second book, Meant to Be: Discovering What We Are Called to Do and Be was published in September, 2014. The net proceeds of Mary’s book sales are donated to various charitable organizations.