Mary Tavernini Dowling,
CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula (HHUP)
Mary brings more than 35 years of experience in corporate management, public relations and
marketing. She is responsible for the overall development and execution of strategy to improve
the financial standing of the organization through strengthening donor relations and a variety of
Mary joined the organization in 2011 when it was simply “Beacon House,” to help launch the
U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic with Steve Mariucci, as a fundraiser to keep Beacon House open
after hospital funding expired. After a successful first event, she went all in and joined the
organization full time. In 2013, the 21-bed Hospitality Rooms in the hospital, the hospital Gift
Shop and Coffee Shops (in the hospital and Peninsula Medical Center) and the cancer patient
Wig Salon all became part of the organization, and Mary was named CEO to oversee the entire
organization’s operations while continuing to fundraising for Beacon House.
In 2016, Mary and the HHUP Board of Directors launched a Capital Campaign to build the new
Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House next to the new hospital. The campaign is still underway
and has reached 77% of the Phase 1 goal of $3 million dollars.
Prior to joining HHUP, Mary held numerous executive level positions with national
organizations including Cellular One and Bell South. For 9 years, she also owned and operated a
full-service advertising agency called “M. Tavernini & Associates, At Your Service” and
LaDolce Video production company, which she later sold to former employee Tony Beres. Mary
also created “The Wedding Emporium” which brought together all the components of weddings
and major events, as well as serving as communication director for the Michigan State
University College of Human Medicine’s Upper Peninsula Campus and Medical Residency
program. Many people in the Marquette community remember Mary from her first “real” job as
owner of “The Cat’s Meow” boutique on Third Street.
Her passion for non-profit work included serving on the board of directors for the YMCA of
Marquette County for many years, helping to raise the funds to build the Y. She also served the
community as a Rotarian and held positions on numerous boards prior to taking on the role of
CEO of the HHUP.
Mary lives in Marquette with her husband Kevin, a retired Michigan State Police Sargent. She is
a proud stepmother to Kevin’s two children, Tara (Ryan) Korslin who lives in Green Bay, and
Patrick Dowling, a senior engineering student at Michigan Tech.