Mary Jo Dawson

Working with the NCCS Board has been an exceptional experience. Women representing various parts of the country come together in the spirit of Mary Virginia Merrick to assure that the message: ‘Nothing is ever too much to do for a child’ not only prevails but is enhanced and shared through outreach and expansion of the Christ Child Society. This group’s energy seems to be limitless and is charged by the love.


Mary Jo serves the 2016 – 2018 National Christ Child Board as Vice-President, as Co-Chair of the Membership & Expansion Committee, and as a member of the Development Committee. This is her second term on the National Board.

A member of the Detroit chapter for 44 years, Mary Jo has done many different types of volunteering, including multiple commitments at the Christ Child House, a residential treatment center for boys aged 6-16. She has also worked on layette assembly and on multiple community-building engagements.

Mary Jo had a lifetime career at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She worked for the Advancement Team as Alumnae Director, PR and Marketing Manager, and Major Gift Coordinator. Before retiring in 2014, Mary Jo held the positions of Director of College Counseling and Associate College Counselor. She now maintains a small private college counseling consulting practice and is developing “pro bono” college counseling relationships with charter schools and mentoring programs in Detroit.

Mary Jo has served on the Boards of the National Sacred Heart Alumnae, the Catholic Social Services of Oakland County, the Oakland County Youth Coordinating Council, and the Oakland University Alumni. She is the Chair of the Academy of the Sacred Heart Advisory Board and sits on the Joyce Ivy Foundation Board.

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