President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Mary M. Keller, President and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), was one of the founders of the organization in 1998. The MCEC was created in response to the educational needs of military-connected children and youth, and was recognized in 2004 as the Congressional Club Charity of the Year. In 2008, the MCEC was certified America’s Best Charity by Independent Charities of America. As an area superintendent, school administrator and K-12 as well as higher education professional for over 21 years, Dr. Keller was uniquely positioned to witness the challenges military families faced in times of transition due to moves, deployment or separation.
Earning her doctorate from Texas Tech University, Dr. Keller holds several professional certifications, including superintendency, mid-management supervision and teacher education as well as a mediation certification from the Texas Bar Association. Her professional affiliations and positions include chief researcher and author for the U.S. Army’s Secondary Education Transition Study (2000); U.S. Pacific Command School Transition Study contributor (2005); author of The Military Child; Mobility and Education (1998) for Phi Delta Kappa; Department of Defense Education Activity Strategic Planning Advisory Committee; Texas OneStar National Service Commission member; Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office, U.S. Army Medical Command; committee member, CNA Workshop on the Scientific Study of Military Children; Sesame Street Advisory Board member; and Community Blueprint Advisory Group member. She is widely regarded as an expert on education issues related to the highly mobile military-connected student, and is routinely consulted for research-based findings used to address our military family needs.
A native Texan, Dr. Keller resides in Harker Heights, Texas. She and her late husband, Jerry, an Army Veteran and military child, have two adult children, Harrison Keller, a Navy Reserve Officer, and Mary Emily Pardue, and six grandchildren.