Meet the State Board Member: Mary Beth

Mary Beth hangs out with OMER at the 2016 World Finals at Iowa State University. She says, “Don’t be afraid to ‘fail’ – you may discover all sorts of interesting solutions!”

Mary Beth Adelman
NEPA Assistant Regional Director

Mary Beth is celebrating 20 years with Odyssey of the Mind! Her tenure began as a judge/door watcher in 1997. The next year she began coaching, a stint that lasted 13 years with teams from the Abington Heights School District in Clarks Summit. During that time, Mary Beth joined the NEPA regional board as assistant regional director, a position she has held since 2004.

“I’ve had the privilege to watch as students mature through the program,” she says, “and see the impact on their lives – their confidence and willingness to tackle any problem.”

Continuing to serve as the district coordinator at Abington Heights, Mary Beth is also a judge at World Finals. Here in Pennsylvania, she says her role is to participate in discussions and the decision-making process at state board meetings to “ultimately provide the best experience for the kids at the tournaments and throughout their Odyssey journeys.”

A graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Mary Beth is a project lead at MetLife. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors – hiking and canoeing. She also volunteers with her temple.

Mary Beth can be reached at

Thank you for everything you do for Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind, Mary Beth!