Mary Jacobs spent 20 years living in the Park Cities and North Dallas, long enough to internalize plenty of stereotypes about the purportedly bland and boring suburb of Plano. After remarrying in 2009, she ended up in Plano and developed a passion for telling the “real story” of the city.
An award-winning freelance writer, Mary is a regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News Senior Living section, with a special interest in features relating to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers. Her work has appeared in Scouting magazine, the Senior Voice, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Intuit’s Small Business Blog. A longtime freelance writer for the Dallas Morning News’ nationally-recognized Religion section, she has also written for the United Methodist Reporter and Religion News Service. In 2004, Ms. Jacobs was named Religion Communicator of the Year by the RCC’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. Her work has also been honored nationally by the Associated Church Press, the Religion Communicators’ Council, and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.
With an English degree and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Mary’s career included stints at Bain & Company in Boston, and as a news producer for WJW-TV, then a CBS affiliate in Cleveland. She is a graduate of Leadership Plano and a founding organizer of TEDxPlano. Mary and her husband Steve Lavine have four grown children and one 5-lb. Yorkshire terrorist named Lulu.