Mary A. Viviano
Mary's life was marked by unwavering dedication to her work and a profound commitment to the betterment of her community. Her contributions to the Foundation stand as a testament to her passion and dedication. Mary served as the Foundation's Secretary and sat on its Board of Directors and Trustees Council. She chaired one of the Foundation's most vital committee, the Special Institutes Committee, for four remarkable years. Over the span of nearly three decades, she dedicated her time and expertise to 13 different committees and authored or co-authored six influential papers. In recognition of her tireless support of the Foundation's educational mission, she was appointed an Honorary Trustee.
For Mary, her involvement with the Foundation transcended the professional realm, leading her to cultivate countless close friendships while collaborating on and attending its programs. She was an unwavering source of inspiration and mentorship, especially to young women pursuing careers in the oil, gas, and legal fields.
Mary's exceptional career took root as one of the pioneering lady landmen at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Chevron USA. Her ambition led her to pursue a law degree, a journey that began at Davis Graham & Stubbs, where she specialized in oil and gas, litigation, and public lands. Her legal journey continued at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, with a steadfast focus on oil and gas and litigation. From 2001 to 2013, Mary's remarkable leadership shone as General Counsel of Encana USA, where she played a pivotal role in transactions spanning oil and gas basins from Appalachia to the Rockies. Her legacy extended to her role as General Counsel of Vantage Energy, and she retired from the practice of law in 2017.
Mary's multifaceted talents were a true reflection of her vibrant spirit. Before embarking on her legal career, she danced and taught modern dance at the Perry-Mansfield Arts School and Camp near Steamboat Springs, one of the oldest continuously operating performing arts camps in the United States. In her most recent years, she continued her passion for the performing arts as a Council Member for the Jefferson County Cultural Council and a Director of the Rocky Mountain Arts Association, the overarching organization for the Denver Gay Men's Chorus and the Denver Women's Chorus.
Mary was a force of life, an extraordinary leader, and a source of inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her infectious smile, warm heart, profound intelligence, and unwavering loyalty to family and friends will be eternally remembered. She leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to share in her life's journey. Mary's legacy will continue to shine brightly in the hearts and minds of those she touched.