Mary Zahner received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She worked for fifteen years at Nike, Inc. in various positions including Accountant in the Corporate Division, Financial Analyst for the Sports Marketing Division, and Senior Buyer in the Apparel Division. Zahner returned to Iowa in 2001 and resides on the family farm near Modale, Iowa. For the past ten years she has been Senior Accountant for the Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative. Zahner also serves as Treasurer of the Harrison County Historical Society and is a Finance Council Member for Holy Family Catholic Church.