Mary Gerhardstein


  • Phone: (253) 535-8710
  • Text Only: (253) 527-6414
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Assistant Director of Admission

Mary grew up in Yakima, Washington, but now calls Tacoma home. She loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, whether it is on the waterfront of Tacoma, the Central Washington desert, or the forests of Eastern Washington. When she is not exploring the coffee shops or restaurants of Tacoma, you can find her curled up with a good book or cooking a new recipe.

Mary loves PLU’s commitment to serving the community and the Earth. She’s excited to get to know prospective students and help them through their college search process!

Graduated from: Whitworth University
Major: Sociology, Social Service & Community Action Track
Minors: History and Environmental Studies

Mary works with students from: Enumclaw, Orting, Sumner-Bonney Lake,and White River school districts, all of Central & Eastern Washington, Southern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Texas.

She also works with students from these states: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV.

Easy conversation starters:

  • The near extinction of bananas (RIP Gros Michel Bananas)
  • Keeping a 102 year old sourdough starter alive
  • She loves questionable reality television shows (Pig Royalty, anyone?)

Singing at random times
Thrift recommendations
Cooking the right amount of pasta