Mary Davidson

Mary Davidson

Executive Director

Mary Davidson first began her career in marketing communications after graduating from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. A natural born creative, she brought her skills to the nonprofit world and has served in a leadership role in the midwest for over 18 years. Her personal career highlights include managing a $53 million capital campaign for the Figge art Museum, leading a $20 million capital campaign for the giraffe and lion exhibit at the Niabi Zoo, and finally settling where her passion lies: helping youth at-risk in a residential facility. She worked as the Director of Program Development at Arrowhead Ranch for 8 years, where she created its brand, raised funds for a renovation of the campus, and created and implemented an admissions program that focused on the needs of the families during crisis. Mary has a deep knowledge of the wonders of wilderness programs, both professionally and personally, and the life changing effects it has on adolescents, their families and their futures.  She is grateful to be able to marry her two passions; supporting funding for youth who need the lifelong positive impact of wilderness therapy and the opportunity to take an organization to the next level.

Mary sits on the public relations committee for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programming and is a board member for the Riverboat Development Authority, a grantmaker that funds $2.6 million of community projects a year.
When she is not working, she can be found living her dream in the mountains, where she loves to hike, kayak and paddleboard with her dog Morley. She is a registered yoga instructor with a passion for painting and cooking, especially for her two children when they are home!

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