Senior Program Officer, Empowering Communities

Senior Program Officer, Empowering Communities

Mary Francis is the senior program officer for Interact for Health's Empowering Communities initiative, which engages communities to adopt evidence-based practices to promote health and develop community infrastructure to sustain the work. Mary was formerly director of Interact's ASAP Center, which supported grassroots community-led prevention from 2002 to 2014.

Previously, Mary worked seven years as Director of Prevention Services at the Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area. Mary provided oversight for prevention staff and projects at Glad House for five years. Mary also worked with Wright State University's SARDI program, writing and teaching about curriculum adaptations for people with disabilities. Mary provided prevention education for eight years at the Miami County Recovery Council. She was an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Cincinnati in Teacher's College for 15 years, where she wrote the course syllabi and taught prevention courses for the UC Addiction Studies program. Before that Mary served as an AmeriCorp volunteer mobilizing adults and youths to do community-based prevention.

Mary has an Associate of Applied Science in Human Service from Edison State College, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the Union Institute, and a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix.

Mary is a member of the advisory board for LISC Place Matters. Previously Mary served as a board member for Serenity House, and was an advisory board member for Santa Maria's Bienestar program, Cincinnati Public Schools' Safe and Drug Free Schools, Ohio Statewide Prevention Coalition's evaluation committee, and a member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association.

Phone: 513-458-6606

Download a printable version of Mary Francis' bio here.

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