Mary is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA). She is passionate about helping people navigate the complex healthcare system. Mary believes that clear communication between clients, care team members, and health systems is essential to positive outcomes. She aims to support clients every step of the way, and feels strongly that no one should walk the path of life-altering illness alone.
As a GreyZone Care Advocate, Mary enjoys helping clients find solutions to challenging healthcare problems. She has been a health advocacy pioneer in Washington State for over a decade, and is an active member of the Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA). Mary was also one of the first recipients of the national board certification in patient advocacy (BCPA).
Over the years, she has served a diverse group of clients with a variety of health advocacy concerns, from finding the ‘right’ Provider or facility, to accompanying clients to appointments, guiding care conferences, and/or researching and resourcing related materials and experts. Mary enjoys the process of getting to know each client, adapting to unique circumstances, and supporting individual advocacy needs.
In addition to her work at GreyZone, Mary has partnered with a local organization that provides subsidized independent housing for low-income Seniors. Together they are creating and implementing an onsite Health Advocacy Pilot Program designed to help Senior residents become more confident participants in their own healthcare.
Mary also serves on the Board of the Eastside Neighbors Network (ENN), a non-profit, ‘virtual’ village focused on helping Seniors in her community stay socially engaged, independent, and able to age-in-place if they choose.
Before feeling called to nursing, and the field of health advocacy, Mary held a variety of Administrative roles at McKinsey & Company, Inc, an International Business Management Consulting firm.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mary loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and dog. She enjoys playing tennis, reading, traveling, and entertaining friends.