Mary was born and went to school in New York but now lives in Tempe. She is an extremely active member of the Irish community and is the Wedding Coordinator at the Iris Cultural Center. She has deep Irish roots spread throughout Ireland. She is an active member of the Phoenix St. Patricks Day Parade and Faire Committee, the Irish Foundation of AZ, Daughters of Scotia and many more groups. She would love to be the first Rose of the ICC to continue bringing attention the the Center and McClelland Library.