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About Mary Riedel

Mary Riedel is President and CEO of Women in Distress of Broward County, serving the families and children who are victims of domestic violence from its expanded Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Campus in Deerfield Beach.

With the agency's expansion that was completed in 2011, Women In Distress is among the oldest and now the largest among of the 42 domestic violence centers in the state of Florida. Its services include a 24 hour crisis line, 132-bed emergency shelter operation, counseling and therapy for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and does extensive community education and advocacy on the issue of family violence and prevention of domestic violence.

Mary joined WID as its CEO in 2008 and previously had served on its board and as board chair.

Prior to moving to the nonprofit sector in 2006, Mary had a career of more than three decades in media marketing, community and public relations.

Mary was part of the  Sun Sentinel's marketing division for more than 18 years, serving as Community Affairs Manager and as Publisher of its weekly Society sections. Before coming to South Florida in 1987, she held similar positions with The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel.

She also was Director of Major Gifts at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) from 2006 to 2008, prior to joining Women in Distress as its chief executive.

During the time Mary directed its community and charitable programs, Sun Sentinel became recognized as one of the leading corporate citizens in South Florida and established a strong reputation for its community partnerships.

Active in the community, Mary has served in leadership roles in a number of nonprofit organizations, spanning human service to the arts, education and libraries.

She served as a board member of United Way of Broward County, the Community Foundation of Broward, Donors Forum of South Florida, Broward Public Library Foundation,  Funding Arts Broward (FAB), Minority Development & Empowerment, Inc. NSU Library Circle of Friends, Women in Distress,  Miami City Ballet, Broward Women's Alliance, Winterfest and Cultural Foundation of Broward. She was a founding member of ArtServe.

Mary is a graduate of the Leadership Florida Class XXX (2011-2012) and also is a graduate of Leadership Broward, Leadership Palm Beach County and Leadership Boca Raton.

She has received several awards for community service from groups including Leadership Broward, Diabetes Association, Girls Scouts, Thousand Plus Club of the American Cancer Society, Friends of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Young at Art and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the local chapter of Women in Communications.

Professionally, she is accredited by both the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a member of the Association of fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Mary has a journalism degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she also did graduate work.

Mary and her husband Bill  have two grown daughters and a grandson  who also live in South Florida.

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