Regional Director of Match-up, Northeast
College: State University of New York at Brockport
Major: Therapeutic Recreation, General Studies
Hometown: Rome, NY
Current Home: Manchester, CT
Favorite Athletes: Jim Kelly, Mary Lou Retton and Sugar Ray Leonard
Mary Welker joined Team IMPACT in April of 2014 and currently is the Regional Director Programs, Northeast. In this role she plays an integral role in all facets of the Team IMPACT program to include; making relationships between participating families and teams and cultivating the medical and athletic network within her region. Welker came to Team IMPACT with 25 years of experience in a hospital setting, where she worked as a Child Life Specialist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT. In that role, she was also named to the Team IMPACT Medical Board of Advisers in 2012.
Welker, a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport, is very involved with her community. Currently, she is a Board Member for The Hartford Hurricanes, a Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheerleading League and volunteers for many community events. She currently resides in Connecticut with her son Maxwell and enjoys photography, sports, and her dog Phoenix
When asked the question, “Why Team IMPACT?” Mary said:
Team IMPACT is the blending of two of my passions- sick kids and sports! I discovered my passion for working with sick kids during my time at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. I love being able to provide great opportunities for amazing kids AND student athletes. Team IMPACT provides opportunities that you cannot learn in a classroom or on a field and will hopefully IMPACT those involved over their lifetimes!