Mary Mercer, MS

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University
Phone: 701-858-3580

Mary Mercer, MS

Mary Mercer is the Community Training Core Coordinator for the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Special Education Department and is Program Director for the Associate of Science in Developmental Disabilities at Minot State University. She coordinated the development of the online delivery of that degree, authoring many of the courses.

Mary directs a statewide training program for direct support and other professionals who support individuals with developmental disabilities in community-based settings. She works with community partners to develop/revise and disseminate four new training products each year.  She has written, revised, or edited 40 training manuals for direct support professionals and curricula on death education, healthy lifestyles, safety, and future planning for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. She developed an online course on Interdisciplinary Issues for NDCPD trainees.

Mary coordinates almost 20 training events each year including regional workshops, webinars, and a statewide conference.  She serves on the steering committee for the National Association of QMRPs (NAQ) and directed the development of an online credential for NAQ. Mary is also a board member of the Midewin Institute on Prevention of Abuse and Neglect and directs the delivery of the online course she developed on prevention of abuse and neglect.

Mary has a BS in Education from North Dakota State University and a MS in Special Education from Minot State University. She held positions in human resource development and program management for a community-based service provider to people with developmental disabilities prior to coming to the University. She has experience as a direct support professional and is a limited guardian for a friend with a dual diagnosis. Mary is a native of North Dakota. She and her husband have five children.