Director of Development
South Carolina Lions Foundation
Mary Louise Resch currently serves as the Director of Development for the Lions Foundation of South Carolina. After spending nine years on active duty in the US Army, during which she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Excelsior College of NY, she pursued and received a Master of Science in Education in Community/Agency Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Since that time, Ms. Resch has spent over 25 years doing fund raising, grant writing and community advocacy for such diverse groups as Harvest Hope Food Bank, the SC Center for Family Policy, Communities In Schools – South Carolina, and Town of Lexington, SC. She has been responsible for raising an average of over a million dollars per year for the last four years from individuals, corporations, faith-based groups and foundations. Ms. Resch currently resides in West Columbia and serves as the Division Adjutant for the SC State Guard, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Awards include recognition as a National Point of Light by the Points of Light Foundation, Hettie Rickett SC Community Development Specialist of the Year Award from the Municipal Association of SC, and the SC Prevention Specialist of the Year from the SC Association of Prevention Professional and Advocates. She currently serves on several boards of directors of local and state-wide non-profit organizations.