Meet the Director

Maryvale Leadership Institute Director Mary Ellen Rector Fise

Mary Ellen Rector Fise '74

Director of the Leadership Institute



Educational Background: M.A., Church Ministry and Congregational Leadership, Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University; J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law; B.S., Consumer Economics, University of Maryland, College Park

Professional Background:

  • Associate for Parish Research, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University
  • Associate Director of Research and Planning, Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • General Counsel, Consumer Federation of America
  • Faculty, University of Maryland and Boston University
  • Author, The Childwise Catalog (HarperCollins, 1993, 1990, 1986)

Boards of Directors: Underwriters Laboratories, National Institute of Building Sciences, American National Standards Institute, International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization, Lowe’s Home Safety Council and St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute

“My goal as the Director of the Leadership Institute is to empower our young women by providing the tools and experiences that allow them to be the leaders the world was meant to see. Developing one’s leadership muscle takes practice and perseverance, and at Maryvale, we take that workout seriously.”

- Mary Ellen Rector Fise '74, Director