Mary Donnelly has been a part of MemoryCare since 2003 – first as a caregiver when her mother became a patient, then as a Board member, then as Board President, and ultimately as coordinator of the MemoryCaregivers Network.   Mary was a founding member of the Network, a resource for caregiver education and support, which was started in 2007 by a group of dedicated caregivers.  Currently, Mary co-facilitates several area peer support groups, edits an online bi-monthly newsletter, Caregiver Network News, and is a frequent speaker on dementia issues.  Mary is a certified PAC Trainer with Teepa Snow, a well-known national dementia expert, and is certified as a Validation Practitioner.

Mary lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Tom, and their Corgi/Sheltie, Sammy.  She can often be found hiking in her beloved Blue Ridge Mountains.

To contact Mary about the MemoryCaregivers Network, please email her at