by Kathy Hogan
Associate/Friend of Nano Ellen Mahli was honored at the Fargo, N.D., Martin Luther King annual event sponsored by the Fargo Human Relations Commission.
Ellen is a lifelong volunteer and advocate for people in need of compassion and justice. She was a nurse for 58 years, including 34 years at what is now Sanford Health. During her years of service she specialized in mental health, substance abuse, clinical ethics, geriatrics and healthcare management. She has worked closely with Churches United for the Homeless and helped to establish the Gladys Ray Shelter. Among her many activities today, Ellen serves on the Center for Interfaith Projects; is a Presentation Associate/Friend of Nano of 18 years, and member of the Presentation Sisters’ Peace and Justice Collaboration. She also serves on the prayer center board, and chairs the Catholic Health Initiatives Villa Nazareth, Friendship and Riverview Place board of directors. Her passion for Nano and love of being Presentation is endless.
Ellen is not only known for her local justice work, she has also has done justice work in South and Central America, worked with the homeless in New York City, advocated for Palestinian rights, and has decades of commitment to work in South Africa.
Ellen has two amazing sons, Dan and David, and six beautiful grandchildren.