Mary grew up in Houston, Texas, drawn to the small green spaces dotted throughout the massive city, but never realizing a love for the outdoors could lead to a fulfilling career. She moved out west to Los Angeles to obtain her bachelor’s in Physics at UCLA, and afterwards lived in the Central Valley of California for a time, where she learned she lived less than 3 hours from Yosemite National Park. Yosemite taught her that her time on this earth should not be spent trapped in a small office. She quit her day job in engineering to travel and work seasonally for the US Forest Service and National Park Service, most recently building trails in eastern Idaho. In her wanderings she has lived in Tucson and Flagstaff and has always appreciated the unique landscapes of Arizona. A long section hike of nearly half of the Arizona Trail only grew her love for the state. She looks forward to working with Wild Arizona to help preserve such special places.
In her free time she can be found trail running, rock climbing, hiking and sometimes spending way too much time squatting in the gym.