An occupational therapist, registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, Mary Gavacs joined MNE in 2008 to lead the creation of an Occupational Therapist Assistant program. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from SUNY at Buffalo and a M. Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has completed the Certification course in NDT, Adult Hemiplegia and holds a Supervisory Management Certificate from Penn State.
She has been active in the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, (POTA) and is currently serving as the Secretary of the local district and in the past has served as the Legislative Liaison, and Finance Officer. At the state level, she was the Chair of the Commission on Education for two terms. In 2002, she received the OTR Award of Recognition from the POTA.