Mary Lee Downey is the executive director of the Community Hope Center as well as the director of missions and congregational care at Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration. She is a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, focusing on outreach through social justice in non-profit organizations, as a deacon serving in the world. Previously Ms. Downey served as the deputy director at Helping Others Make the Effort (HOME), a non-profit committed to ending homelessness in Osceola County. Downey also served as development associate for HOME and was an accomplished grant writer and fundraiser for the organization. Ms. Downey has also been a freelance writer and photographer for the United Methodist E-Review, the program and evangelism director for the First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee and a feature reporter, columnist, and page designer for The El-Dorado News-Times in El Dorado, Arkansas. In 2004 Downey graduated cum laude from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in mass media. In 2006 she graduated from Henderson State with a Master of Arts in art history and liberal arts. In 2012 Ms. Downey graduated with a master's degree in Christian leadership with an emphasis in missions from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wymore, Kentucky.