Mary Dean

Immediate Past Chair, MedicAlert Foundation®, Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer (Retired)

Mary Dean is a nationally respected advocate for children, having dedicated her career to improving lives through work in the healthcare, education and legal sectors. She spent more than 20 years combined with the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, CA, and Valley Children's Hospital in Fresno, CA, serving each as a Senior Vice President responsible for marketing, fundraising, government relations and strategic development. Mary served on the team responsible for building the new 350-bed Children's hospital in Fresno. Prior to that she was an associate commissioner of education in the Kentucky Department of Education when Kentucky launched its nationally acclaimed school reform program. She previously served as Dean of Administration and Development at the San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, CA, and the administrator of the Fresno County District Attorney's office. Mary served 10 years as the Director of Student Life at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT. She has been a life long community activist serving in leadership positions on numerous local, state and national Boards and advocacy groups, including Chair of the MedicAlert Foundation International Board of Directors .She is a former teacher and counselor. She is passionate about children and their well being. Mary earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky .