Mary Greenlee says “I have had a diverse professional path.” Mary graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Communications and began teaching Public Speaking, Theatre and Freshmen English in Northern Virginia.”
Mary received her Master’s in Theatre Direction at Wayne State University. In 1987 she became the 1st Coordinator/Manager of the innovative, federally funded, Safe and Drug Free Schools Consortium, serving all schools (public and non-public) in Franklin County, Ohio. She managed a staff of six until 1996. Mary also owner and operated The Dublin Peddler, a well know home craft show that started with 25 exhibitors in her home in 1974 and ended 13 years later with 150 exhibitors after transitioning to two National Guard Armories. .
Mary’s says “my life changed in a new direction after the sudden death of my husband. I began working with 5 friends to develop Transition Times, whose mission is to empower people to be ready for the inevitable changes that life brings. The Life Facts Book is designed to inspire people to organize and make accessible the fact of their lives. Mary has learned firsthand that life is uncertain, and being prepared with current, comprehensive facts during times of transition is so important to successful transitions.
Lorie Copeland grew up in Southern Indiana and earned her BS in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1969. Soon after graduation she married husband, Jeff, and began her pharmacy career in Hospital Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1971, employment opportunities for Jeff brought the couple to Columbus, OH where she continued her 16 year career, this time in Retail Pharmacy. Ten of these years were spent at Taylor Drugs in the small town of Granville, OH. Lorie says, “I loved working in an independent retail store where I got to know all my customers. In those days, the pharmacist also occasionally got to sweep the sidewalks and make sodas at the fountain.” In 1985 Lorie retired from pharmacy to become a full time mom to her children and a community, school and not for profit board volunteer.
Lorie has served Central College Presbyterian Church as Christian Education Director and Elder and was recruited and hired in 2000 to direct the Preschool where she was responsible for 400 students and a staff of 23 teachers. Lorie says, “I never would have dreamed that life would lead me in the direction of managing a preschool. I even had to go back to college. The bonus was working with the finest staff in Central Ohio. It was the most fun I ever had.” Lorie retired in 2008 to chase her own grandchildren and continue as an active community volunteer.
In 2009, Lorie joined her friends on the Transition Team. Again, it was not something she planned to do, but her belief in the importance of a simple system to gather and organize life’s facts was strong motivation. Her life’s work has expanded to inspire people to make accessible the facts of their lives.
Azaria Akashi, PhD.