Mary Jo C Reidy, a Muncie native, lives in Blackford County with her husband Chris, four children, and a house full of animals. She has several degrees from Ball State University, including bachelor’s degrees in psychology (2016) and marketing (1989), as well as a master’s degree in nonprofit administration (1993). Mary Jo is also a board member with the Blackford County Arts Center. Her Family rescues and fosters animals (mostly cats) and has worked with the Blackford County Animal Shelter to bottle-feed and foster kittens. Mary Jo has been a lifelong LGBT advocate and feels it is important to be a vocal ally, both to set a compassionate example for equality and to stand up for the civil rights of marginalized individuals.