May 15, 2018
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
As Senior Director of Foundation Finance, Mary is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the financials for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, including the management and accounting of all philanthropic funds. Mary has 17 years of experience in nonprofit healthcare finance. During her time at Lurie Children’s Hospital, she served as a key project team member on an endowment and balance sheet recovery project that resulted in a $100 million improvement to the hospital’s unrestricted net assets. She also led the management and reporting of all financial data under the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, including a $650 million comprehensive campaign, and developed robust reporting packages, which resulted in multiple financial improvements. In recent years, Mary has taken on the role of managing the complex planning of both sources and uses of the funds being generated by the growing Foundation goals and research and programmatic strategic growth.
Prior to joining Lurie Children’s Hospital, Mary worked at Arthur Andersen LLP as an Experienced Senior Financial Analyst and Senior Auditor in the Audit & Business Advisory group. Mary earned her B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
What do you like most about your job?
At Lurie Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to the health and well-being of all children. Our mission drives us with an intense passion to help kids become healthy, happy adults. I am humbled every day by the amazing and talented individuals that I get to work with who are driven by this same common goal.
What advice would you give students?
As Lou Holtz often said, “There is never a wrong time to do what is right and there is never a right time to do what is wrong.” Always be honest, work hard, and do what is right—and success will find you. No one can achieve success alone, though; surround yourself with good people—friends, family, mentors, leaders, bosses, and colleagues—who will support you and help you achieve your goals.