Mary Hunter is a graduate of Drake University with a Business Management and Marketing degree, AA from DMACC Hotel Restaurant Management Program, Certified Bridal Consultant, Dale Carnegie Graduate, Toastmaster ATM Bronze Certification, and a Greater Des Moines Leadership Graduate. Mary served as a Commissioner for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division, appointed by Iowa Governor Vilsak and reappointed by Iowa Governor Culver. Currently Mary serves the State of Iowa on the Consumer Advisory Panel, appointed by Governor Branstad, and reappointed by Governor Reynolds.

Mary currently works as President and CEO for Goodwill of Central Iowa (GCI). Within the first full year at GCI, she was able to impact the financials by more than $8,000,000. In addition, serving hundreds of participants through the mission programs. However, culture is one of the most challenging things to impact in an organization and Mary has been able to recruit a leadership team that has help create a culture of love, kindness, and respect.

Mary was employed by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at the local Chapter level as well as the national level. Mary also served as the President of the Executive Directors Council with for JDRF. As Executive Director of the Greater Iowa Chapter, the Chapter was named Chapter of the Year in 2010!

Mary also was an officer with Hy-Vee, Inc. She started out sacking groceries (as most do) and worked her way through various positions with the last being Assistant Vice President, Real Estate.

Mary’s happy place is the kitchen, where she enjoys trying new recipes. In addition, Mary is an avid walker and reader.