Mary works with the directors of community engaged learning to support development and administration of Cardinal Courses. Mary manages the mid-quarter feedback and End-of-Quarter survey processes to facilitate Cardinal Course student discussions and provide instructors with confidential feedback, manages the Cardinal Course Dashboard, supports the Social Entrepreneurs in Residence (SEERS) Fellows and Haas Faculty Fellows, serves as a resource for managing the Cardinal Course Grants process, and manages development of the quarterly Cardinal Courses newsletter for Stanford instructors.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mary earned her BA in architecture from Princeton University as well as an MM in violin at Yale School of Music and DMA in violin at UC Santa Barbara. She has spent much of her career teaching music; she was an assistant professor of music at Cal State Northridge and, since 1999, has been an independent educator. As a performing artist, she has played violin in Baltimore Symphony and National Symphony; in 2015, she joined the San Francisco Symphony as a substitute violinist.
Mary’s involvement in community service and engagement began early in life when she and her two sisters, as the Kim Sisters Trio, regularly performed in senior citizen communities and local churches. Since then she has presented world music programs to elementary schools in rural western Maryland, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, and led wilderness trips for undergraduates. She volunteers in her free time and has served several Bay Area organizations including Palo Alto Unified School District schools, Hand in Hand Parenting, the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco and as a board member for Music for Minors.
Outside of Stanford, Mary maintains a private violin studio and enjoys spending time with her two wonderful children. She loves nature, music, and being active.