Mary Ellen began her career in 1978 at Indiana University as the newly reorganized Office of Admissions was being formed. During her 28 years in admissions Mary Ellen has had various office and travel responsibilities. She has served on a variety of campus, state and national committees, including having served as president of the Indiana Association for College Admissions Counseling. She is a regular presenter at numerous high school programs and professional conferences throughout the country.
Mary Ellen earned her undergraduate degree in English and her Master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Indiana.