MaryEllen has worked within the United Way (UW) system for 27 years. She began her service with UW in Morris County, NJ after receiving her Bachelors in Social Work degree from St. Francis University. She moved to Vermont in 1997 to work as Executive Director with United Way of Addison County in Middlebury, where she began working collectively with the UW’s of Vermont on the 2-1-1 development and implementation. MaryEllen stepped into the Director position with Vermont 2-1-1 in November, 2005.
MaryEllen has served on numerous non profit boards holding positions as Secretary, Vice President and President. She has also served as chair on Board Committees such as development, finance, strategic planning, marketing and executive search committees. She was appointed by Vermont’s Governor to the Human Services Grant Committee, on which she has served for the past eight years. MaryEllen was also appointed to the Interagency Council on Hunger in 2010.
In 2006, MaryEllen received her Information and Referral certification through AIRS (Alliance of Information and Referral Systems), a national professional organization. She is also a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer since 2010.
MaryEllen has served on the 211US Steering Committee since 2009. One primary responsibility of the group is to provide leadership to drive 2-1-1 US work plan objectives (e.g., telecommunications, resource generation, disaster preparedness and quality assurance).
In 2011, ME was appointed to the Vermont Long Term Recovery Group and was instrumental in the development of the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
MaryEllen is a member of Business and Professional Women since 2006. She has served in the past as Secretary, President Elect and President. ME was awarded Woman of the Year by her peers in 2009. She has also received the United Way of Addison County’s President’s Award for her valued commitment and service to the Addison County community.
ME has a passion for collaboration that results in change. She believes in advancing the common good and her vision is to ensure that all people have access to services they are entitled to.