Former teenage mom aspires to further her education and set a leading example for her children and grandchildren.
Pregnant with her first child in high school, higher education was not an option for Mary who instead worked to support herself and her first child. Today, she is earning a bachelor's degree in human services and plans to work toward a master's degree and a Ph.D. in community counseling. She started a nonprofit that works with individuals transitioning out of prison, their children and caregivers and hopes to open a transitional center for ex-offenders. Mary is an ordained minister, a certified trainer for Crown Ministries financial classes and a licensed notary. She is has won numerous awards, including the "Unsung Heroine" award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Metropolitan Atlanta.