Meet the Erie Together Staff

Mary C. Bula

P: 814.397.7743

Mary Bula has served in a leadership capacity with Erie Together since April 2012, first as facilitator, then as consultant, and now as director of the countywide collective impact movement. During her time as consultant, Mary was also serving as regional manager for Learning Ovations, an integral member of the national United2Read partnership, bringing an evidence-based, literacy-related professional support system called “Assessment to Instruction (A2i)” to school districts across the country. United2Read is supported by a $14.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve literacy skills and close the achievement gap nationwide. 

Through Erie Together, Mary has worked with educators, nonprofits, businesses and citizens to make the Erie, PA region a community of opportunity where everyone can learn, work and thrive. Efforts focus on helping more children become successful adults, more adults obtain family-sustaining employment, and more families become self-sufficient. Notable Erie Together accomplishments include developing several kindergarten readiness resources; creating the “More Caps & Gowns” middle school mentoring project; launching the “Career Street” K-12 career exploration initiative; creating and facilitating the “Erie County Career Pathways Alliance”; and establishing the “Erie County Reentry Services and Support Alliance.”

Prior to joining Erie Together, Mary was vice president of the Growth Partnership Division of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership (ERCGP). In her role there, Mary worked with regional CEOs, government officials and other community leaders to advance strategic initiatives that would make a long-term impact on the region’s economic vitality. Notable projects in which Mary was engaged include efforts to align K-12 education to careers; leading a public/private partnership to enhance public service delivery; helping to create a framework for distributing millions of dollars of Erie County gaming revenue annually; and efforts to address the region’s post-secondary education and training gaps. 

Prior to the ERCGP, Mary worked for the Center for eBusiness and Advanced IT (eBizITPA). In her primary role as eBizITPA's outreach specialist, she was responsible for developing effective partnerships and programs to promote information technology awareness and use in PA.  During her tenure, Mary was instrumental in the drafting and passage of PA Act 88 of 2006, which authorizes local governments to use Internet-based competitive bidding. She then led eBizITPA’s government sales and marketing efforts for the organization’s online competitive bidding and quoting service, eDynaQuote (now Procurex). 

Prior to eBizITPA, Mary spent ten years as a local government consultant with the Pennsylvania Economy League.  She also served as supervisor of Perseus House, Inc.'s community-based residential treatment program for delinquent and dependent girls in Erie, and as admissions counselor for the University of Pittsburgh - Titusville Campus.

Mary holds a Bachelor's degree from Allegheny College and a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is an accomplished meeting facilitator and is certified to train others in the Dr. Edward de Bono Six Thinking Hats® tools for parallel thinking. She is a graduate of the Leadership Erie Class of 1999, was recognized as one of five “Inspiring People” in 2016 by the Erie Times-News, was named 2014 Citizen of the Year by the northwest PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and received a “Generation Leadership Award” from the Young Erie Professionals (yep!) in 2007.



Benjamin D Wilson

P: 814-870-5413

Ben Wilson currently works as the Division Manager for Workforce Development Services at GECAC. Ben has his Master’s degree in Managerial and Leadership Development with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management from Edinboro University.  Ben has many years of experience in working with groups and bringing teams together to collectively work on issues and community concerns. 

Ben is a lifelong resident of Erie and is passionate about his community. Ben worked at Sarah Reed Children’s Center for 15 years working with youth with severe mental health issues. Ben also worked with at-risk youth for a short period of time at Eckerd Youth Alternatives in North Carolina.  In addition, Ben has worked with many organizations, managing programs and employee development. 

Ben currently lives in Erie and is married and has two daughters


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