Mary Cloos is an ambitious educator, trainer and skilled manager with expertise leading transformative learning opportunities that are engaging, empowering and have a positive effect on the learner. Currently, Cloos shares her skills and passion with Bradley Hospital as a Behavioral Education Development Specialist; her primary role is as a certified instructor for the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid program and is trained in the Adult, Youth, and Teen curriculum. She is also active in utilizing her specialized skills in experiential education. She creates and facilitates adventure-based experiences that emphasize building a strong sense of belonging and community.
Cloos' vast years of experience includes working with youth, families, adults, and staff teams from diverse environments including behavioral healthcare, school-based and community organizations. Decades of her working years have been dedicated to management with Children’s Services at Gateway Healthcare in RI. Concurrently, while Cloos managed Gateway’s residential programs, she created and developed an outlet to provide experiential learning and therapeutic adventure experiences for adolescents with a wide range of common childhood psychiatric conditions.
Cloos earned a master of education from Rhode Island College that incorporated course work in counseling, psychology, and outdoor education. As a long-established volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club, she shares her love for the outdoors by instructing leadership trainings designed to teach youth workers skills needed to lead youth on outdoor adventures. Taking care of her Mom, who is in her 100th year, has enriched her life enormously.