Mary Kay moved to North Carolina from Warren, Ohio, the day she graduated from Youngstown State University. She had just received her bachelor’s in business administration and left her entire family in search of excitement and employment. She worked for the American Cancer Society and a few interesting temporary jobs before interviewing with the Rural Center. The Rural Center has been her home for nearly 20 years and she feels lucky to have been a part of the organization for all of those years. Mary Kay is the senior director of finance and administration and is described as the person who keeps the train on the tracks.
She has been happily married for 25 years; has two children, Megan and Jason; and two cats, Roxie and Cosmo. She will laugh about anything, especially her own jokes, and enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling to the beach.