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Rotary Member of the Week
Mary Mork
Mary James Mork currently serves as the Executive Director for the Community Development Authority of Marshfield. She has a degree in Business Administration and in nursing, and was employed by both Saint Vincent’s Hospital, (Neonatal Intensive Care), Green Bay and Saint Joseph’s Hospital (Women’s Health) in Marshfield. Mary has worked as an account manager in health care marketing & business development, and served as the government relations liaison with Ministry Health Care. Mary also has 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership in Marshfield (PDC), and in Wausau, where she served as the Executive Director for Opportunity of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. a provider of housing and services to adults and children with disabilities; with programs in Marathon, Wood and Portage County. She has also served as an employee assistance consultant for a small business consortium under contract with the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation. Mary is married to Bill Mork (Marshfield Furniture) and together they have 6 children and three grandchildren.
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Marshfield Community Development Authority
Mary James Mork, the Executive Director of CDA, began her presentation with a nod to Shirley Mook, the heart and soul of Marshfield’s Community Development Authority. The CDA has a three part mission: Public Housing Family—to provide decent & safe housing for participating families; Public Housing Elderly/Disabled—to provide a residential environment to promote independent living and to assure social, physical & psychological health and well-being; and to participate in community development projects and activities as needed and as financially feasible. In a chronological review of CDA’s history, among the highlights noted by Mary were: July, 1966: Construction began on the Parkview Apartments. 1983-1992: Significant improvements to the Parkview facility. July, 1982: Construction began on Cedar Rail & family units. Besides Parkview & Cedar Rail, CDA operates the Section 8 Program overseeing subsidized rent for eligible applicants; runs the Marshfield Grants Office, funded by the City and the Marshfield School District; facilitates bonding for Wildwood Regency House Senior Living; works with community planning partnerships, Office on Aging, and others; participates in City of Marshfield Inter-Agency capital projects; and is an organizational partner with the Marshfield Area Economic Development Board.

Section 8 Housing provides assistance for low income families in the private rental market through the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) program. Program participants normally pay no more than 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent and utilities. HAP subsidizes the balance. As for Family Public Housing, the CDA built 12 duplex units from 1982-1995 to house low income families. Again, eligible families pay 30% of their adjusted income as rent. Parkview & Cedar Rail provides housing for individuals or couples & disables individuals who are able to live independently. The apartments offer many amenities, including full service hair salon, a pool room, a convenience store, laundry servie, trash disposal, an emergency call system, exercise classes, bus transportation to grocery stores, and a guest room for out of town guests. CDA is governed by a seven member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor. Operating funds are generated by tenant rents, interest from investments, and a federal operation subsidy. More information may be found at the CDA website.

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