Born and raised in southern California, Mary graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson. After two years working as a Logging Engineer in offshore oil exploration, Mary spent another 7 years as a Plant Maintenance & Project Engineer in the oil refining industries. With over 27 years working primarily in the oil refining industry Mary designed custom industry specific software. In addition she worked in consulting and documenting business process and system integration/conversion. Mary moved to Asheville area in 2011 for semi-retirement.