With a B.S. in Child Development and Masters of Human Relations, Mary has pursued strengthening families for over 35 years in child care centers, schools, churches, and community agencies, as well as raising her own three grown children on Adlerian parenting principles. A Family Life Specialist with Iowa State University Extension, Mary offers training in 10 SW Iowa counties in child development, discipline, early childhood, stress management, parent education, and family caregiving in later life. Adlerian principles form the foundation for any training Mary undertakes. She is co-chair of the Family Education Section of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychologists (NASAP).
Through Enrich-Abilities, inc., Mary, and her husband Gary, both Certified Positive Discipline Associates, provide training in Positive Discipline for parent educators, church families and professionals, school teachers, and early childhood educators. Mary and Gary regularly teach Positive Discipline in the Christian Home in their home church, using the book of this title, which Mary co-authored with Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Mike Brock in 2002. Mary developed My Toolbag©, visual metaphors for teaching relationship principles - a fun way to present very serious information.
As a frequent speaker in a variety of settings, Mary keynotes and provides conference workshops on a variety of topics. Mary is known for her inspiring messages with practical application to daily living. As a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, Mary works with individuals seeking Positive Discipline Associate certification, answers questions as part of a team from the Positive Discipline web-site, and conducts the two-day workshops Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline In the Classroom.
Mary currently lives with her husband, Gary, as near as possible to her three children and grandchildren, in Omaha, Nebraska.