In January 2016, Mary Spencer joined the Encore leadership team as Executive Director, serving alongside Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Programming and Administration from the University of Maryland and brings over 30 years of professional experience working to further the mission of various non-profits whose missions encourage the pursuit of personal growth and life-long learning.
Most recently, Mary has served as the Director of Advancement and member of the Senior Administrative Team for The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, implementing the strategic plan for Key’s fundraising initiatives and garnering support for the school’s vision and mission. Since 2005, Mary has helped to raise over $12.5 million for the school’s Annual Fund, Endowment, and Capital Projects.
Since 2011 Mary has been a Board Member for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee, the Capital Projects/Facilities Committee, and as the Chair of the Board Development and Governance Committee which is charged with the recruitment of new Board members and the oversight of Board Committee Charters, by-laws, and overall Board governance. In addition, Mary has been a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and Chair of the Capital Campaign Task Force. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Mary has had a life-long commitment to the performing arts. As a vocalist she played the lead role as Amelia Earhart in the musical, Amelia’s Journey, the Creation of a Reluctant Celebrity where she performed in 2004 and 2005 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, in 2005 at Colonial Players for First Night Annapolis, and in 2008 with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, she was a lead vocalist in Broadway Divas – The Musical, and was a member of the Annapolis Chorale from 2000-2004. In 2002, she was honored to perform Handel’s Messiah with the Chorale at Carnegie Hall. She is most proud of her performances as a vocalist from 1993 to 2010, singing blues and jazz with the late Tim King, a beloved Annapolis writer, actor, and musician.
Mary is thrilled by her appointment as Encore’s new Executive Director. “My professional work, life experiences, and volunteer endeavors match the spirit of the work that takes place through Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Creating opportunities for adults to learn, grow and share common experiences is exhilarating and important. I support and honor performing arts, personally and professionally, whether it has been through my work with students as they explore and discover their own passions, challenges, and skills, or through my own ventures as a performer and admirer of the many awe-inspiring performing artists I have come to know. I am moved by the enriching and engaging work that takes place with Encore Creativity for Older Adults and am looking forward to advancing this vital program within the community.”