Mary Beddell is a proud supporter of public education and has over 10 years of experience in communications, social media marketing, event planning, and fundraising. Mary has served as the Chapter Manager for the Ohio School Public Relations Association since 2014. In addition, Mary is currently the Public Relations Director for Plain Local Schools, a K-12 public school district that serves approximately six thousand students in Canton.
While her telling the stories of her school is what drives her, Mary's true passion is in fundraising and helping others. Mary founded the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation in 2009 with the help of family and friends, in memory of her mother, Josette who passed away from breast cancer in 2002. The mission of the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation is to help better the lives of families in Ohio affected by cancer by providing direct financial assistance to families in need, to date, the foundation has offered over half a million dollars in assistance to women battling breast cancer in the state of Ohio.
Mary was awarded the 2010 Frieda G Shapira, Community Service Award, was chosen for the 2014 class of "Twenty under 40" awarded by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mary was inducted into the Kent State University Hall of Fame by the College of Education, Health and Human Services in 2015. She received the United Way Gold Key Award in 2017 and was named the Canton Repository's "People's Champion" in 2018.