Mary Balagna Mary Balagna

Director/Vice President Mary has been a Project Linus Volunteer since January of 1999. After watching an episode of “Simply Quilts” Mary realized that there were not any chapters in her immediate area. She contacted the Project Linus National offices and was thrilled to be able to open the Central Illinois Chapter. Her husband Terry, an Emergency Room Physician, agreed to hand out blankets to ill and traumatized children in the ER and from there the chapter grew tremendously in a very short time. As a totally dedicated Project Linus volunteer, Mary could not pass up another Project Linus opportunity that came her way. When Project Linus reorganized in November of 2000, Mary accepted the position of Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. In the past she has served in various community and civic board positions as well as church auxiliary leadership positions. In addition to her work with Project Linus, Mary has a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa. She and Terry are the parents of four children – two girls and two boys, and the grandparents of twin boys, Luke and Logan, grandson Tyler and granddaughters Lucy, Gracie and Katie.

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