Educational Non-Profit Leader, Conservationist, Diving and Ocean Advocate
Certified in 1972, Mary Connelly has attained the rank of PADI Dive Master and SDI Assistant Instructor. Most noteworthy, however, is Mary’s leadership role within the diving community. Mary has served as a Trustee on the WDHOF Board of Directors since 2008, being elected as Chair of the Board in 2011. Mary’s involvement with WDHOF started in 2003 when the Connelly family established the Cecelia Connelly Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology, in memory of their mother WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly (2001). Mary has served as an active supporter of the scholarship and training grants program promoting not only the Connelly Scholarship but all of the WDHOF opportunities available. Mary’s leadership and organizational skills have helped to envision and implement WDHOF’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, the Tropical Dreams and Paradise Sunsets scholarship fundraiser and other traditions focused on supporting WDHOF’s goals and bringing the membership together. Mary, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has worked in Higher Education for over 35 years, focusing on leadership and student development.