Mary Helldorfer-Cooney has spent over a decade in the non-profit education sector in various roles. As an ESOL instructor, she made her way from NYC’s Chinatown, the Bronx, Denver, CO, and finally to Providence, RI. As Assistant Director for Good Shepherd Volunteers in NY, she traveled the US and Latin America placing and supporting volunteers to serve women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. In Rhode Island, Mary served as the Admissions Coordinator and later Education Director at Dorcas Place. In 2010, she was honored to be chosen by the Rhode Island Foundation as a Non-Profit Emerging Leader. Ms. Cooney worked as Adult Services Director at the Genesis Center where she developed her skills as an educational administrator. She is excited to be in her new position as the Coordinator of Student Support and Experience at Roger Williams University's School of Continuing Studies and to serve as a link between adult basic education (ABE) and higher education in RI. Mary is fluent in Spanish and holds Master’s degree in TESOL and Spanish Education from New York University.