Mary Durbin-Shopnitz; Board Secretary

Meet Mary Durbin-Shopnitz

Family Promise of Greater Denver, Mary Durbin-ShopnitzFamily Promise exists to end homelessness one family at a time, a focus that drew Mary Durbin-Shopnitz to the board.

“I value the ways in which Family Promise empowers families to become self-sufficient; the community volunteers are equally empowered as they become part of the solution to homelessness issues,” she said.

Mary recently retired after serving as a Colorado teacher for 30 years – 23 years in special education at the high school level and seven years as an elementary school teacher and librarian.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences, master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling and educationally handicapped from the University of Northern Colorado, and a third master’s in information literacy from the University of Colorado Denver.

Mary is a third-generation Colorado native and loves the outdoors! She’s passionate about traveling and knitting, but also loves to volunteer – donating her time to Community Purls, Collier Hospice Center and DenverWorks.