Mary Anderson has worked or volunteered in the field of healthcare for over 40 years. She began her career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Southern California. This profession afforded her the opportunity to work in a variety of roles and settings, including acute care, rehabilitation, home care, college faculty and medical equipment sales. Subsequently, Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.
In 1990 Mary moved to Seattle and completed her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington, with an emphasis on program development and outcomes evaluation. Mary went on to work for the University of Washington as a research coordinator and as a member of the faculty of the Pediatric Pulmonary Training Center at Children’s Hospital.
In 1996, Mary married Dr. Eric Anderson, a veterinarian in Oak Harbor, and she and her two children relocated to Whidbey Island. Since then, Mary has immersed herself in the community – working and volunteering for several organizations. Most recently she left her position as Senior Services Administrator for the City of Oak Harbor and began her own consulting business – Navigating Aging. She is a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) and Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Her current volunteer positions include chairing the Island County Community Health Advisory Board and participating on the North Whidbey Coalition for Vital Aging.
Aside from her work, Mary is passionate about being creative and inspiring others to create. She enjoys working with collage, art journaling and making handmade books. She is especially excited to be working in her grandchildren’s elementary school as an Art Docent.