Mary Catherine, serving as a member of the National Staff assigned to the National Center, brings over 10 years of experience working with at-risk youth, addictions counseling, mental health cases, public education, human resources, training design and presentation and federal compliance.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1999 in political science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and began working with Jobs for Montana’s Graduates as a Job Specialist in 1999. She has continued her work with JAG at different points, including assisting in the establishment of new JAG programs, assisting with the 2005 JAG Student Leadership Conference and conducting site reviews. Mary Catherine obtained her certification as an Addictions Practitioner in 2003 and worked as an addictions counselor in Wyoming. Through a grant program, she was one of the first School Resource Counselors placed in a Wyoming high school to address drug and alcohol issues, mental health cases and crisis interventions. She also served as the administrator of a Drug Court program, an outpatient treatment program for repeat, non-violent offenders and worked as a compliance officer for a pharmaceutical company. Most recently Mary Catherine worked in Human Resources for her alma mater.
She is assisting with the preparation of articles for the JAG website; serving as a site reviewer; helping develop a social networking fundraising strategy; and assisting with the delivery of JAG national events.
Mary Catherine and her husband, JD, currently reside in Alabama where JD is attending the U.S. Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.