Mary Ann Pajakowski grew up in South Bend, Indiana, where she entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross. For 24 years, she worked in high schools and volunteered at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, a Hispanic youth and community center. She currently works with education programs at Holy Cross Ministries in Park City, Utah, an afterschool, summer and preschool for children of first- and second- generation immigrant parents, mostly from Mexico. She is involved with comprehensive immigration reforms efforts and the Dream Act. She serves on the Sisters of the Holy Cross Justice Committee, and the Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame Indiana) Board of Trustees. And her mom is 99.