MaryLee formed MLM Public Relations, a certified NYS and NYC Women and Minority-owned business in 1999 working with businesses and nonprofit organizations to tell their story through broadcast, written and internet-based channels. Prior to the formation of MLM Public Relations MaryLee was National Public Relations Director for the American Parkinson Disease Association after serving as Director of the American Red Cross -Staten Island. For five years she was co-author of the column Read All About It for the Staten Island Advance. MaryLee credits her volunteer roles with helping to shape her world both professionally and personally.

She is Past President/member of the Rotary Club of Staten Island; Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Staten Island Rotary Foundation; Past President/member of the Board of Trustees, Staten Island Children’s Museum. She founded and co-chaired the Local Advisory Board of First Book- Staten Island, which distributed over 20,000 books to children in low-income homes over a 10 year period. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a concentration in Journalism from Rutgers University; completed a fellowship with the Hispanic Women Leadership Institute, Rutgers University; earned a certificate from the Public Relations Management School of Continuing Education, NYU and earned a Mini MBA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Rutgers School of Business.