Mary Wise was born in Thomasville, Georgia and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. She attended a year of junior college at Mount Ida in Newton Center, Massachusetts, and completed her Associates Degree at Santa Fe Community College. Mary worked for the City of Gainesville in various Contracts Manager for 20 years. She was responsible for handling hundreds of contracts. A few of her job duties entailed bidding out projects, assisting with negotiation, preparation of contracts, public relations, revising Purchasing Policies and Procedures, and served as Director of Purchasing in the absence of the Director. While Mary was working full-time at the City of Gainesville, she attended night classes through Nova University's Cluster Program in Gainesville, FL, and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Nova University. Mary Wise has worked for St. Augustine Church for 11 years. She began as Office Manager and has been working as Facilities & Operations Manager for the past 9 years. Mary also serves as Human Resources Manager for St. Augustine's. Mary's passion is photography. She is always looking for the perfect shot "Whether it an old church, someone on a swing, a beautiful bird, flower, and let's not forget alligators." She also loves the beach, gardening, and spending time with good friends and family. One of her greatest joys is her dog, Ralphie. He is a 120 . Lab mix with the cutest personality and the sweetest face ever. He can always put a big smile on Mary's face at the end of a day.