We were pleased to welcome Maria Martinez Slayman ’77 and Dr. Terry Slayman ’77 back to campus to deliver the commencement address at Morgan Park Academy’s 149th graduation exercises on June 11, 2022.
High school sweethearts for the past 45 years, the Slaymans attended the Academy and Iowa State University together before building a life and raising a family over several decades in Columbus, Ohio.
Terry started and ran a private practice as a family physician for 28 years, with Maria running the office and keeping the books. He then transitioned to OhioHealth, the leading health care system in Central Ohio, where he rose to the position of Senior Medical Director for Ambulatory Care. In recent years, he also has worked as an executive coach.
After helping to run the family practice, Maria also worked as a family service manager at the nation’s largest chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting families with sick children in their time of need.
In addition to spending time with family, the second half of their journey together includes a recent move to Tucson, Arizona, and more time for travel, including hiking all over North America, South America, and Europe, and immersing themselves in the cultures of other countries.