Mary Onama has been the Executive Director of Victim Services Center of Montgomery County Inc. (VSC), since September 1998. Under her leadership VSC’s revenue and programs grew to expand its operations and service delivery to reach the diverse communities of Montgomery County and increased access to services for underserved populations.
Mary has held numerous leadership positions in the nonprofit social services field in Pennsylvania and New York. She is a past chair of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, a past member of the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency appointed by Governors Tom Wolf, Edward Randell, and Tom Corbett respectively. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Norristown and the Bucks-Mont Collaborative. Mary is an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees for organizations and social service agencies.
Her professional background includes direct services and administrative experience in child protective and child welfare services, hospital and family services, employee assistance programs, counseling, and therapy. Mary is a state licensed social worker with a Master in social work from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and English from Marquette University. She is a PA certified Sexual Assault Counselor and Graduate of the Class of 2014 Arcadia University & Phoenixville Community Health Foundation Executive Leadership Institute. She conducts training for professionals, nonprofit organizations, and is a keynote speaker at community events and professional conferences.
Mary has received awards for her leadership from the National Network of Victim Assistance, the Montgomery County PA Bar Association, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the New York State Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, Inc.
Mary is a tea connoisseur, an avid fitness enthusiast, and a gardener who believes that drinking tea, exercising, and gardening are the keys to improving one’s quality of life and wellness.