Associate Director of Development
As Associate Director of Development, Mary Summers is a leader within the LVS fundraising team who serves as the primary manager for the many grant-related initiatives and partnerships that support LVS programs. Mary strengthens the relationship between LVS and dozens of corporate and foundation grant making entities throughout South Carolina to guide values-based investment in sight saving solutions for eye care throughout the state. She also presents regularly at Lions Clubs and oversees the Club Contributions Program that recognizes the outstanding support Lions Clubs in South Carolina provide to advance the LVS mission.
Mary is new to the Columbia area after moving from southern Indiana in the summer of 2022. Along with her husband, three kids, and pets, Mary now calls Winnsboro, South Carolina home and is thrilled to begin diving in and serving her new community through her work at Lions Vision Services.
Mary is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has spent over 10 years in non-profit work including with a grassroots organization in South Korea, as a member of Disaster Services with the American Red Cross, and with a residential organization serving abused and traumatized youth throughout the state of Kentucky.
In her spare time, Mary loves to travel, read, work on her self-proclaimed mini-farm, and ride dirt-bikes.