Mary Schnack, who passed away in 2012, was a writer, entrepreneur, and PR professional.

Through her firm, Mary Schnack & Associates, she represented a range of organizations from large corporations to small businesses to government agencies. In addition, she started Up From the Dust to help women in developing countries find markets for their handicrafts to address poverty.

Through this venture, Schnack exhibited at various women’s conferences throughout the country, selling items made by women from China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana.