MREC exists to serve the community with relationship education classes, special events and resources so that marriages and families will thrive.
In 2004 Carroll County was experiencing some of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Our founders, Bill and Anne McKenna, retired Carroll County Public School teachers, were particularly concerned about the impact of divorce and the breakdown of family on the lives of children.
With the encouragement of dozens of local and community leaders they launched the state's first nonprofit initiative dedicated to using a proactive approach to strengthening marriages and families.
To reduce the number of divorces in our community and increase the number of marriages
To raise the awareness of the value of healthy marriage and family on community well-being
Our aim is to offer top-tier classes, events and resources that educate, equip and inspire students, couples, families, as well as the church so that we can reverse the destructive trends of unhealthy relationships and build a stronger community. The curricula we use are biblically-based and adaptable to nonsectarian settings.
Our Great Team
Our Executive Director, Amy Gilford - Since 2004 Amy has worked along side her parents to help elevate the importance of healthy marriages and families in our community. In 2015, the MREC Board of Directors appointed Amy to the role of Executive Director where she has focused on expanding programs, events and partnerships. She is a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Carroll Class of 2018. A dedicated coffee drinker and gardener, Amy is involved in her local church and loves history and reading suspense novels.
Our Founders - Retired Carroll County Public School educators, "Coach" Bill and Anne McKenna, have been married 56 years and continue to serve as consultants and marriage educators. They have four children and 12 grandchildren and enjoy spending time with all of them. The McKennas are certified in multiple marriage education programs and love working with couples and assisting churches in building marriage mentoring ministries. They are very active in their local church and love working out at the Y. Bill has affectionately been dubbed our CNO - Chief Networking Officer since he is a popular face at many events in our community.
Gail Cook - Bookeeper Lois Szymanski - Communications Assistant Colleen Callahan - Administrative Assistant Sue Emerick - Programming Volunteers: Peggy Hayes and Judy Schlehr - Office Kathy Fuller - Data Base Management David Roche - IT Specialist Educators: Janice Holsonbake, Keith Rogers
Numerous other dedicated individuals assist us on our committees and for special events throughout the year including college and high school interns.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Bill Barton - Chairman
Stephen Speights - Vice-chair
Ed Williar - Secretary
Coleen Kramer Beal - Treasurer
Proud members of: