Mary Jean Adkins
Mary Jean Adkins began her affiliation with Spirito! as a founding board member in 2008 and continued serving the organization through volunteer activities until being named Executive Director in 2017.
Mary Jean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Therapy from Illinois State University, a Master of Education in Family/Child Development from Erikson Institute, and a Certificate in Philanthropy and Fundraising from Northwestern University.
Initially, Mary Jean's career focused on Music Therapy for special needs children in residential and hospital settings. Her passion for her work led to additional responsibilities in community outreach and donor stewardship. In 2005 Mary Jean accepted the position of Public Relations Director for Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care in Elgin, IL, a non-profit organization serving children and young adults with severe disabilities. In 2009 she became Director of Development for Little Angels. She created a development department, successfully formalizing and improving fundraising efforts through the addition of an annual gala fundraiser, introduction of donor tracking software, improved board development, consistent donor stewardship, and dedicated networking which lead to increased individual, community and corporate support.
Music has always been an essential part of Mary Jean's life. She brings her love and knowledge of music, combined with experience in development and fundraising to Spirito!!