Drawing on a lifetime of cross-cultural experiences, Mari brings an anthropologist’s perspective on special needs, racial, ethnic, class, gender diversity. She served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, providing teacher-training in Language Arts. She was a teacher for children with multiple disabilities, and both a teacher and a Director of programs in Early Childhood Education. She was Executive Director of South Side Settlement House, a community organization providing youth and social services to a diverse community that included Somali, Latino and Cambodian immigrants, Appalachian- and African-Americans. She has spoken publicly on issues of poverty, homelessness, and inclusion, and conducted orientations to Appalachia culture for foreign professionals participating in the Columbus Area International Program.
She is a presenter with Diversity Matters (www.diversity-matters.net)