Sister Mary Elaine Anderson, IHM
Sister Mary Elaine presently serves as Director of Formation for the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pa. A licensed mental health counselor who is fluent in Spanish and English, Sister Mary Elaine has 20 years of experience living in Peru and implementing innovative programs that support the psychosocial development of children, adolescents, and adults. She is a family support and parenting education specialist, as well as a Registered Dance Movement Therapist, and her areas of specialization include domestic violence, trauma, and severe emotional and neurological disabilities. She previously served at Children’s Charter: Child and Family Trauma Clinic (Waltham, Mass.); Colegio Parroquial Nuestro Salvador (José Gálvez, Peru); Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts (Boston, Mass.), and several other family, diocesan, and child/adolescent agencies in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Peru. Sister Mary Elaine holds a master of arts in dance/movement therapy and a counseling psychology minor from Antioch University New England (Keene, N.H.), a master of science in family support and parenting education from Wheelock College (Boston, Mass.), and a bachelor of arts in French with a concentration in elementary education from Immaculata College (Immaculata, Pa.).