The Eclectic: Speaker... Educator... Health & Wellness Education...
Besides her 'regular' gig as a wellness and nursing educator, Mary has presented on the lives of women saints (St Clare & St Teresa of Avila) and subbed for preachers in pulpits in California, Washington, and Uganda. Her favorite music gig is the pit orchestra where she enjoys mentoring young players in woodwinds and percussion. In the healthcare setting, Mary teaches mental Wellness through innovative means such as her Curative Characters (health education as Stand Up Comedy), "Club Med Ed", and NAMI Family-to-Family. As a Franciscan, she seeks ways to include, connect, nurture, and encourage. She has performed in art galleries, community orchestras and ensembles, and has written and directed street and religious drama since the 1980s.
GoodWinds Music (reviews)
"You have inspired me to dig deeper into the music, to connect with it. To not just play notes, but create music and memories for myself and others. Thank you so much for working with me." --- BFL, high school junior, clarinet "Mary is an extremely talented musician, both in her vocal abilities as well as in her talents on the oboe and mandolin. I often made special trips to hear her perform in concert. Her style is very mellow, very spiritual, very inspired. She plays folk, classical, religious music, and show tunes. She is very accomplished and easy to listen to." --Gail Voorhes, Educator