Willamette Announces Alumni Award Winners
Mary Jaeger '80
Distinguished Alumni Citation: Health Care and Community Service
Mary Jaeger is a leader in advocacy for vulnerable populations in the Portland metropolitan region. In 2000 she was appointed executive director of CASA for Children, a notfor- profit organization operating the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Washington and Multnomah counties in Oregon (www.casahelpskids.org). CASA provides trained citizen volunteers who advocate for abused children who have been removed from their homes and are under the protection of the court. As the senior executive responsible for CASA, Jaeger coordinates the efforts of more than 350 volunteers serving more than 750 children in Multnomah and Washington counties. She and her husband are also active CASA volunteers, having served as advocates for 11 children on four separate cases during the last five years. Prior to joining CASA, Jaeger dedicated much of her career to the elderly in nursing homes. Mary earned a master's degree in public administration and a master's degree in gerontology from the University of Southern California on both the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., campuses. She obtained her Oregon Nursing Home Administrator's Washington, D.C., campuses. She obtained her Oregon Nursing Home Administrator's license and worked as a nursing home administrator before becoming vice president of professional and community services for the Sisters of Mercy of Oregon, then chief operating officer of Franciscan Health System, and finally regional executive director of NCS Healthcare, a public long-term care institutional pharmacy. Her membership on more than 16 boards and committees over the last 20 years demonstrates her genuine commitment to Oregon and issues that affect Oregonians. Over the years Jaeger has also been an active alumna, helping with admissions and career support.