Featured Alumni Mary Ford

March 2009


Mary J. Ford '87
Sebasticook Valley Health Care Facility

What drew you to courses relating to CSR, social responsibility or nonprofit management?

I have always had an interest in providing a service. When I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and priced drugs, I intellectually loved the work. I had trouble with the idea that I was contributing to making drugs unavailable to low income people without insurance.

What attracted you to the Public Non Profit (PNP) Club?

I was drawn to meeting other students who shared my world view, which was different from those students who were motivated solely by making money.

What value did you get from your experiences with the SEEK Program, or in courses relating to CSR, social responsibility or nonprofit management at Kellogg?

Again, the interaction with other students was the most useful. I have maintained some of those relationships for twenty years. These are people who I feel have enriched my life. At the reunion I was able to reconnect with these people and learn about the amazing contributions they have made.

How have those experiences been helpful to you in your daily life, both professionally and personally?

Working in an industry such as healthcare which is chronically underfunded can be stressful. Knowing others who share a vision can help in getting up each morning and doing what it takes to keep a small business going and to provide quality service to low income people.

What is the name of your current organization, and what does your organization do?

I own and manage a nursing home which provides skilled and long term care to mostly low income people who receive Medicaid. The name of the business is Sebasticook Valley Health Care Facility.

Please briefly describe your position or role at your organization.

It was a family business which my Dad transferred to me. I own and manage the nursing home. Because it is a small business I have been involved in all aspects at one time or another, from producing financial statements to cooking meals for the residents.

How a re you applying the skills/knowledge you learned at Kellogg in your career?

At Kellogg I learned to lead a team of people. I also learned how to think and analyze. The technical skills which I gained have been useful. The training in how to manage multiple priorities and achieve goals working with others has been key.