Mary Dobbs is a Master Chaplain, Certified Crisis Chaplain, fire fighter and Inter-Faith Pastoral Counselor. She is a board member of Homeland Crisis Institute, the American Board for Certified Master Chaplains and the Police Assistance Coalition.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York Empire State College. She is Board Certified in Crisis Chaplaincy / National Center of Crisis Management and American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is certified in Homeland Security Level II. She is a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains and an associate member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and an active fire fighter.
Chaplain Dobbs specializes in debriefing and counseling first responder personnel. She works with traumatic grief and loss support for veterans and first responders. She frequently officiates for memorial services and served as veteran's chaplain at the Vietnam Wall in Boulder Colorado.
Chaplain Dobbs received diverse religious didactic and experiential training; encompassing traditional scholastic western education in Christianity, Judaism and Islam and non-traditional experientially based education in Native American and Asian religious instruction. She has received instruction from the Dalai Lama, Ven Thich Nhat Hahn, Native American Elders and others
Chaplain Dobbs is the founder and executive director of an international nonprofit organization assisting refugees and torture survivors throughout the Himalayan region. She created / directed projects assisting Native American families on reservations under the guidance of Ms Delores White Hat, Lakota Tribe Elder and is currently working with indigenous farmers in rural Kenya. Chaplain Dobbs is conversant and competent in writing, teaching and discussing diverse religious and spiritual beliefs and works with individuals, families and organizations to better understand diverse religious practices and encouraging and fostering mutual understanding.