Mary Ellen is a talented interviewer and engaging writer with a knack for getting to the heart of a story. Her writing is fluid and readable, and brings to life stories that have ranged from rescuing radiated tortoises in Madagascar to creating an inclusive culture in the zoological community in the United States. Mary Ellen has been part of the team of freelance writers I have used for Connect magazine since 2015 and has played a major role in making the magazine a success.

Tim Lewthwaite
Director of Publications and Brand
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Mary Ellen Collins is an absolute gem. Her writing and editing skills are excellent, she is easy to collaborate with, and she infuses just the right tone into everything she writes. Mary Ellen is a top notch professional and I hold her in the highest regard.

Shelley Pearce
M.A. LMFT
Psychotherapist

Mary Ellen is a great writer who really cares about her assignments. She always makes sure she understands the topic, and she is a stellar interviewer who knows how to ask the right questions of her sources. Good writers are not always good reporters, but Mary Ellen is both.

Gayle Bennett
Deputy Editor
Formerly of CASE Currents

As the editor of Advancing Philanthropy since early 2017, I find I have no better writer or more reliable reporter than Mary Ellen Collins. When I give her an assignment, I can rest assured it will be well organized, well-researched, and on time. People she interviews invariably compliment her work.  Did I forget to say she is a superlative writer?

Susan Drake Swift
Editor, Advancing Philanthropy and Director, Content Strategy
Association of Fundraising Professionals

Mary Ellen brings a strong and entertaining voice to her personal columns. Her wit always shines through and keeps readers engaged.

Brittany Paris
Senior Editor/Writer
Formerly of Angie's List Magazine

Mary Ellen is able to write to all audiences whether they are science and technical, consumer or business and deliver powerful, meaningful, descriptive messages that capture the reader’s attention.

Deborah Duffy
President
Dermazone Solutions