MORRISTOWN, NJ - Mary Cobb has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Mayo Performing Arts Center. 

Cobb is the President of PatientVue, LLC, an advisory business she established to support the life sciences industry with integrating the patient voice in development of therapies for rare diseases. Previously, Mary was Senior Vice President at NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and funding research for rare diseases.  Prior to her focus on patient advocacy, Mary has extensive experience as a leader at several global healthcare communications agencies in strategic planning, marketing and communications for the biotech/pharma industry.  She was integrally involved in establishing and serving as President and CEO of PACE, a healthcare communications agency within the Interpublic Group (IPG).  

Mary puts her passion for advocacy into action by serving on the Boards of two organizations dedicated to accelerating research and providing support for patients with a rare disease.  These include the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation (an autism spectrum disorder), and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (a multisystem inflammatory disorder).   She is also involved with the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) as a former President and current Advisor; and with Impact100 Garden State as a Committee Co-Chair.   Mary holds an MS degree in Organization Development from American University in Washington DC. She is a resident of Morristown.

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"I have been a long-time supporter of this amazing theatre as a patron, a Starlight Member and, early-on as a volunteer," she said. "I am sincerely honored to have been asked to join the Board and look forward to playing an active role as MPAC looks to expand its presence in the community as a major performing arts institution."

Along with Cobb, Tom Malone of Madison will join MPAC's Board.

Malone is Partner in charge of U.S. Sales Distribution at Lord Abbett & Co, where he has worked for 26 years. He is a long-time resident of Madison, NJ, where he lives with his wife Vicki and their three children. 

"I am excited to be a part of an organization that enhances our vibrant community and is also cultivating the next generation of artists," he added. "I am thrilled to be on a board that shares a passion for theater and a commitment to our community. I've supported a number of charitable and arts organizations, and I am looking forward to a hands-on experience with the MPAC."

When he is not at work, he enjoys golfing, spending time at the many restaurants in Morristown, and being home with his family.  "I've always supported MPAC, not only for its exceptional performances, but for its ability to attract new audiences to the Morristown area to help grow the vitality and energy of the town," he said. "I am truly honored to have been asked to serve on the Board of Trustees and look forward to supporting the MPAC in promoting the arts, entertainment and education to a wide audience."

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2018-2019 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.


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