In 2021, Mary Lebioda received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mary Lebioda graduated from Wayne State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Caring for children led to a nursing career at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, followed by several years as a Public Health Nurse for Macomb and Oakland Counties. The role of Public Health Nurse included well-child home visits, following premature infants once discharged, and assessing parenting skills.
Mary received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wayne State University in 1998. She worked for a few years as a therapist and enjoyed working with adolescents. Eventually, she moved to a position as a School Nurse with Utica Community Schools in 2001. In that role she provided district wide health care consultation to over 36,000 students. This included staff training on chronic health conditions, initiation of student health plans and monitoring communicable diseases and immunizations. She also taught lessons to children on maturation, nutrition, healthy eating and many other topics.
In 2014 Mary transitioned to her role of Consultant for School Health and Related Services at the Macomb Intermediate School District. That role included supporting the local school districts in Homeless Education, Health Education, Reproductive Education and School Nursing for Macomb and St. Clair Counties. Working with children that lacked housing, food and health stability was profoundly impactful. Mary continues to provide school nursing consultation in both Macomb and Oakland Counties.
What is the Lifetime Achievement Award?
Since 1997, the Michigan Coordinated School Health Association (MiSHCA) has granted the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individuals who have contributed in a very special way over their entire career to the health of Michigan’s children and youth.