Mary O’Hara

Mary O'Hara

Mary O’Hara

I’m a newcomer to the Potomac Valley area, having recently relocated from Southern California to be near one of my daughters and her sons. My children and grandchildren live in Washington state, California, Virginia, Connecticut, and Maryland. I feel so blessed to have discovered Shepherd Village as my next home. For the last 25 years or so I have enjoyed the intentional community created by Camp Stevens, an Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Julian, California, and now I have the privilege to be able to live each day in a vibrant, loving community with my fellow Pioneers.

Although we won’t be moving into our new homes until 2017 or so, the community is already present in our lives. We serve on Committees as we plan Shepherd Village together and meet regularly to share information and make decisions by consensus.

After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Speech as a theatre major, my career path started in New York City with acting. I only stayed in the professional theatre for six months, but then spent 12 years in publishing and advertising. In 1982 I was transferred to LA, and in 1991 decided to chuck the corporate world, went back to grad school, and became a teacher.

I retired from 16 years teaching English in a public high school in Los Angeles county in 2007 and with my husband Patrick enjoyed our retirement by gardening, traveling, cooking, visiting with friends, and reading. He passed away in 2010, and I have had to reinvent my life. My daughter and I have started a small internet business selling batik, artisan textiles from Indonesia. I served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in East Java, Indonesia, from 2012-2014 teaching English as a Foreign Language and fell in love with this beautiful Javanese traditional craft. I’m looking forward to living out my life in this scenic, cultural, and historical area and putting down deep roots in Shepherd Village.