Mary graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Physiology and a Minor in Chemistry from Seattle Pacific University. While completing her degree at SPU Mary investigated germline development genes and embryonic protein composition in tardigrades. In 2014, Mary attended the Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. Later, she took the role as biostatistics lead on a study of intestinal cell fate in C. elegans at SPU. With a diverse background of work from outreach birthing clinics in the Philippines, to her years of employment in a small neighborhood clinic, Mary now bridges her clinical and academic backgrounds in the global health field.