Mary Donnelly

+ Support Mentor
+ Care Partner Support Series Consultant

Mary Donnelly first heard Teepa speak in 2005 and the experience set her on the path to  becoming a dementia educator.  In 2007, Mary founded the MemoryCaregivers Network, an auxiliary of MemoryCare, an Asheville NC nonprofit, to be a caregiver resource for support and  education.  She has served as the MemoryCaregivers Network Coordinator since 2010, facilitates four monthly support groups, edits an online bi-monthly newsletter, Caregiver  Network News, and is a frequent speaker on dementia issues. Her roles with PAC are as  Mentor/Trainer  and Recertification Coordinator.  Mary, a 1973 graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, is also a Certified Validation Practitioner.  When she’s not working, Mary can often be found on a hiking trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or when weather permits, on cross-country skis.  Her vehicle’s license plate reads 02BNSNOW, a reference to two of her favorite things:  winter and Teepa!   She celebrates another favorite  – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – by holding her birthday party at the local KK store every year.  Mary lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Tom and their Corgi/Sheltie, Sammy.  

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Teepa Snow’s philosophy and education is reflective of her life-long journey professionally caring for and personally living with various forms of dementia. This person-centered approach evolved to meet the complex and unique needs of individuals using effective and structured technique. Teepa and her company strive to grow appreciation of differences that will lead to better care and support of those living with changing abilities.