Mary (Marie) emigrated to Oregon in June 2002 from the Republic of South Africa, though not her country of origin, which is the Netherlands. That same year, she received her green card in August and joined Carlson Veit Junge Architects as the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in September. She enjoys playing board games with her children and grandchildren. Other hobbies are hiking, snowshoeing, walking, swimming, reading, word games, a little gardening, and traveling the world, while learning about different cultures. She also loves music and dancing.