M. A. Rooney
J. Patrick Rooney
Founded in 1969, the M. A. Rooney Foundation has been dedicated to charitable, educational, and religious programs that promote or provide educational opportunities and inter-racial justice, among other social and community assistance efforts.
Today, the Foundation is concentrating its efforts and resources on helping educators improve literacy and educational excellence in Indiana.
Through our partnerships with schools, community organizations and the Indiana Department of Education, we are providing educators with professional learning, strategic planning and a data management system to help them improve student achievement.
We operate in the spirit of “Teach a man to fish . . . .”
As President of the Foundation, Therese has taken a non-traditional route to not-for-profit work generally and education specifically. While it has been a journey, the exciting news for her is she did find her passion when learning there is a way to help unlock the door for struggling readers.
She graduated from Indiana State University in 1975 with a bachelors in business. Therese passed the CPA exam and worked with Ernst & Young and American Art Clay before joining Golden Rule Insurance Company. Within 10 years, Therese became Executive Vice President. In 1990, she was named President Chief Executive Officer and served in this capacity until her retirement in 2005.
While raising her own children, Therese learned on a personal level about the lack of resources available to children with early reading difficulties. In the years since, she has continued to champion the cause of reading. She believes that children can learn to read, they have a right to learn this skill, and teachers have a right to the knowledge needed to teach them. Therese trains teachers, coaches teachers, and tutors students using the Orton-Gillingham multisensory phonetic teaching approach.