Mary received her BS and MS degrees in Mass Communication at the University of Pennsylvania-Clarion and her Ph.D. in Communication Research from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is currently a Professor in the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, where she teaches video production courses. Mary has been involved in many levels of freelance production ranging from talent wrangling for Nashville productions and musical performances to eight years working with Media Arts and Bob Ballard on various JASON Projects. She is currently working to upgrade her video engineering skills and worked with IFE on the Lost City expedition in 2005. She is often seen practicing her dulcimer in quiet corners.