Mary Bea entered the world of care providers after spending the first part of her career working with troubled adolescents and teaching children with behavior disorders.
In fact, her first office was inside a group home in Marietta, Ohio.
“I remember one lady who couldn’t eat with a spoon or fork when she first moved there. “After the care and training she received in the group home, she was able to pick up a spoon or fork and eat a meal without laying in it. There is a lot of dignity in being able to eat independently”, said Mary Bea. ” It’s wonderful to see that kind of transformation.”
The observations from her office in that group home provided the motivation to continue in the field.
“Having worked with children with behavior disorders, I translated my experience to people with physical disabilities,” she said. “My career took off in a management direction rather than direct service, but I was still able to have an impact on all of it.”
Mary Bea’s master’s degree in education then took a backseat as she moved on to manage the state of West Virginia for PeopleServe, whose CEO & President at the time was Tim Vogel. She eventually moved on to managing the Eastern states following an acquisition in 1999. Tim moved on from People Serve and then started Scioto. Five years ago he hired Mary Bea to manage the operations of Scioto as it continues to grow.
“I closed three institutions in my career and if I’d had someone like Scioto to help me those projects would have been so much simpler,” Mary Bea said. “At Scioto we know what it’s like to be a provider. We have care providers call with a wide variety of situations and there hasn’t been one of those situations that one of us on the staff has not already experienced. We take a lot of pride in our customer service.”
Mary Bea has served as a volleyball official for the Special Olympics. She enjoys traveling to meet the people in Scioto homes and their providers as well as any outdoor activities she can squeeze into her busy schedule.