In 2017 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Vegan Society. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, including WNPR's "The Colin McEnroe Show," WWLP-TV’s “Mass Appeal,” WTNH-TV's "CT Style,” and a speaker at numerous conferences and seminars, including the Vegetarian Summerfest (2016-2017), Valley VegFest (2015), CompassionFest (2015-2017), Boston Vegetarian Society (2014), Western New York Veg Fest (2014), New Hampshire Vegetarian Festival (2014, 2015), Connecticut Vegetarian Society (2010-2014), and the Connecticut Vegetarian & Healthy Living Festival (2012).
In 2011 she won the VegOnline.org “Vegetarian Website Award for Excellence.” She is a contributor to the Friends of Animals’ cookbook, The Best of Vegan Cooking (2009), and in 2007 she published her first cookbook, Quick and Easy Vegan Cuisine. Her most recent cookbook, Easy Peasy Vegan Eats (2014), is a guide for people making the vegan transition.
Mary earned a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the Dr. T. Colin Campbell Foundation at eCornell University, an MA in Communication from the University of Hartford, and a BA in English from the University of Connecticut. She has been an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, University of Hartford, and Manchester Community College. She studied culinary arts at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and has trained in the kitchen of It's Only Natural restaurant in Middletown, CT.