Hilton has worked at the nonprofit for more than 10 years, first as marketing communications manager for one and a half years and then as director of annual giving. She worked side by side with Martha Price Stewart, who retired as director of development on Dec. 31.
“Mary Helen’s work with annual donors, as well as her close working relationship with St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board will serve her — and the Home — well in her new position,” CEO Wayne Jones said in announcing Hilton’s promotion.
Hilton served on the board of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for five years, including two as secretary. She currently serves as secretary for the AFP Virginia Caucus, the statewide organization of Virginia AFP chapters.
Before coming to St. Mary’s, Hilton worked at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News for more than seven years as the marketing communications manager. She graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I continue to be amazed by our staff and how they look at our young people in terms of what they can do instead of what they can’t,” Hilton said. “It is a gift and privilege to be here at St. Mary’s, and I look forward to working even harder to provide the children and young adults a good life.”