Mary Louise Gerdes

Mary Louise Gerdes


I grew up in northern New Jersey and couldn't wait to leave the rat race. I graduated from the University of Maine in 1981 and earned my Master's degree in Applied Physiology from University of Virginia in 1984. I have worked with the CommonHealth program since it's beginning in 1986 at the College of William and Mary. In addition to CommonHealth, I have been on the adjunct faculty at W&M, and have taught group exercise classes for many MANY years. I live in Williamsburg with my husband, our 3 children, our dog and cat. I have recently become a proud member of the Hokie Nation.

Why did you choose health education as a career field?

After floundering as a Forestry major in college (I was a city girl who had never seen poison ivy!), I decided to combine my love for exercise and sport with my desire for a career that made a difference. A wonderful professor at the University of Maine opened my eyes to wellness (it was 1979 and a totally new concept) and I was hooked. I've been happy with my decision ever since.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is the opportunity to work with wonderful people everyday. I also love the variety my job provides. Finally, when all is said and done, I think that health education does make a real difference in many people's lives.

Do you want to share with your agencies?

To all agency coordinators, we could not do this without you. Thank you for all you do!

Contact Information

168 West Queens Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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