Metropolitan Family Services to honor Paul and Mary Ann Travers with Leadership Award

Metropolitan DuPage is presenting its Roger K. Johnson Leadership Award to Paul and Mary Ann Travers for their commitment to domestic violence survivors since 2007.

The Travers' involvement with the Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage includes their support during the agencies' recent merger.

"We have a family-first focus, which is why we are so passionate about our collective ability to grow the services provided to our clients to include domestic violence support, behavioral health services, legal aid support, court advocacy, shelter, job readiness and leadership training," Mary Ann Travers said.

Paul and Mary Ann served in various board capacities with Family Shelter Service, dating back to 2007. Mary Ann joined the board, was on the finance committee and served as board secretary.

When Mary Ann's six-year board term expired, Paul joined the board, took over leadership of the finance committee, and served two years as the Family Shelter Service board president.

Paul was an integral member of the combined merger task force team and serves on the Family Shelter Service Advisory Council.

The couple is family focused, instilling their values of giving back through their time and resources to their three children, Savannah, Jackson and Brady.

The mission of Family Shelter Service captured their hearts - a way to help families struggling through difficult times. They became passionate supporters, raising funds, recruiting, as well as serving as volunteers and introducing new board members to the organization.

Paul is the vice president of financial planning & analysis at DuPage Medical Group, having recently joined the DMG team after serving in a similar capacity with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.

He graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor's degree in finance and received his MBA from the University of Chicago. Paul previously worked in equity research and valuation consulting. His commitment to the health care industry threads through his passion for helping families in need.

Mary Ann is a partner at Crowe LLP, a top-10 accounting, consulting and technology firm, where she serves as the national Valuation Services practice leader and the chair of Crowe's women's program, Women Leading@Crowe.

Mary Ann graduated from the University of Chicago, beginning her career as an economic consultant, moving on to work as an investment banker and then combining her interests of economics/finance and deal-making as a valuation professional at Deloitte, before leaving to head Crowe's national practice.

Family Shelter Service's mission is near and dear to Mary Ann, as she previously experienced an emotionally abusive relationship. It has been her mission to help ensure other women are "Mpowered" to thrive.

Paul and Mary Ann have a family-first focus, which is why they are so passionate about the group's collective ability to grow the services provided to Family Shelter Service clients to include domestic violence support, behavioral health services, legal aid support, court advocacy, shelter, job readiness and leadership training.

Every year, 400 DuPage County leaders join in supporting Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center at the annual DuPage Gala and honoring the Roger K. Johnson Leadership Award winners. Due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, the May 8 "Mpowered" gala event is being refigured, with more details in early April.

Proceeds from these yearly events benefit Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center's programs and services, which reach nearly 22,000 DuPage clients.

This year's fundraiser is focusing on Metropolitan DuPage's work to expand trauma-informed, wraparound services for the communities it serves. It will highlight the accomplishments of clients and the critical need for faster, greater and more equal access to services for all families in DuPage County.

The 2020 DuPage Gala is chaired by Metropolitan DuPage Board members Maryellen Klang and Carol White.

For details on supporting Metropolitan DuPage's work and one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, visit www.metrofamily.orgor call (630) 784-4834.

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage started more than 80 years ago and is a family service/mental health agency serving some of DuPage County's most vulnerable children and families.

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