Letter from the Board Chair

Dear Friends, 

This year we were put to the test as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatened so much of what we hold dear. I am immensely proud of our Mary’s Center team for supporting each other and constantly pivoting and innovating to stay relevant and hopeful for the community in which we live, play and work.

With your support, Mary’s Center was able to be at the forefront of our community’s pandemic response and played a pivotal role in ensuring our patient partners continued to be well-served and our staff remained safe. This response, including helping to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations to so many in our community, has saved lives and provided most of us an opportunity to move beyond the pandemic.  In addition, Mary’s Center has emerged stronger than ever because of the support of our Board of Directors, staff, and friends who helped us weather this unimaginable, volatile, and still uncertain time.

We continue to serve at the forefront of response efforts with a commitment to increasing vaccinations in our communities and to ensuring equitable vaccine distribution. By mid-July, we proudly surpassed 20,000 doses administered to over 11,000 people, most of whom belong to racial/ethnic minority groups. Thanks to our many devoted community partners – local organizations, universities, embassies, labor unions, and hospitals – we keep expanding vaccine outreach to protect as many people as possible.

Our far-reaching vaccination efforts have received accolades from the highest levels of government, with President Biden inviting Mary’s Center to speak at a White House roundtable, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visiting our Silver Spring site, and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser joining the ribbon cutting of a mobile vaccine pod at our Fort Totten site.

Mary’s Center would not be where we are today without the brilliant, creative, strong and compassionate leadership of our President and CEO Maria Gomez. I know you share in my heartfelt gratitude to her as our beloved Maria transitions from Mary’s Center at the end of 2021. After her 33 years of dedicated service, influencing the lives of countless community members, we wish Maria all the best in her next chapter.

We remain steadfast in our mission to build healthier and stronger communities as we prepare for this new stage in the evolution of Mary’s Center. The hiring process to find the right candidate is well underway with the premier executive search firm Spencer Stuart, and I can assure you that the Board of Directors, along with Mary’s Center senior leadership, is working hard to ensure a smooth transition.

We are counting on your support through this leadership change so we can honor Maria’s legacy by continuing to  offer the high-quality health care, education, and social support that so many have relied on for decades. Many thanks for standing by Mary’s Center now and always; we greatly appreciate your generosity, your partnership, and your friendship.

Warm Regards,

Todd A. Cox, Esq., Board Chair