Featured Members

Featured Sponsor

Mary Schulze, GRI, SRES

Realtor, Intero Real Estate Services
Founder, Mt. Diablo Business Women

Mary Schulze founded MDBW in 1994 to help local businesswomen build business relationships, referral networks, and partners. Mary credits the group with helping businesses grow and succeed through the sharing of knowledge, referrals, and partnerships.  Today the organization’s members represent a variety of business sectors. Mary remains active in the group. She serves on the Board of Directors as program chair, and is responsible for bringing speakers on business and personal development topics to the group’s monthly events. 


Mary’s vast network of contacts has helped her to be a successful real estate consultant with Intero Real Estate Services, serving Contra Costa and El Dorado counties. She helps clients sell their houses, and buy a dream home in what is now a very competitive market. She enjoys finding the right home for each buyer, whether they are a first-time homebuyer or a senior who is downsizing. 

Clients benefit from Mary’s almost 20 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento region, as well as her negotiating experience, which provides clients with the fair price on purchases and closing the deal. As a realtor with Intero Real Estate Services, clients can have worldwide and local exposure and marketing, all of which can result in swift action on multiple offers. 

The best referrals for Mary are new business lenders, insurance agents, contractors, handyman services, divorce attorneys and CPAs.  She also receives many referrals through word-of-mouth from happy clients, along with the many friends and business contacts she has met through her years as the founder and member of MDBW.

In addition to her work as a realtor, Mary is active in the community. She contributes a portion of her transactions to a non-profit focused on serving children and the elderly in the community. She is also a member of the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills, a non-profit that has helped to support over 1,500 children and adults in the community. 

When she’s not working, Mary enjoys cooking, playing the piano, learning to speak Italian, playing with her dog, Maxx, a giant schnoodle, and being with family and friends. 

Visit Mary’s website to learn more about her. 

Featured Member

Lorna is marketing director and community liaison for Hillendale Home Care, a non-medical home care organization providing personal assistance and compassionate care for those needing help with daily living activities such as bathing, grooming, meal preparation, shopping, light housekeeping, companionship, and more. Hillendale also operates the East Bay CNA School, certified by the state of California to provide training for those interested in entering the healthcare field as a Certified Nurse Aide.


Hillendale prides itself on its person-centered care. All clients have a care plan written by an RN who supervises client quality of care. All caregivers are background checked, bonded, insured and supervised by a care manager. As Hillendale’s community liaison manager, Lorna is able to connect clients with the community’s many services.

Lorna believes in the importance of people being able to age, or recover from surgery, in place with dignity and independence. She has a keen understanding of this, not only because of her role at Hillendale, but also due to the fact that she was the family caregiver for both of her parents.

For those clients not receiving round-the-clock care, Hillendale offers the Electronic Caregiver (ECG) that helps people monitor their health by recording health vitals.  This product also offers medical reminders, GPS tracking through remote monitoring and emergency response.

Lorna has been a MDBW member for several years and says she’s enjoyed meeting highly-motivated, inspiring women. She’s involved in the community as appointed member to the CCC Advisory Council on Aging, Commissioner for the Commission on Aging for the city of Pleasant Hill, board member for Meals on Wheels CCC, Bboard member for the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the East Bay Veterans Community Partnership and Senior Mobility Action Council. She truly believes that it takes a village!

Most people are a good referral source for Lorna since we all have family and friends who at some point struggle with caring for loved ones. Especially good referrals are adult children just beginning the journey with their aging parents.

When not working, Lorna enjoys family time, weekend trips once or twice a year with a group of women who have been soul sisters for over 40 years, art projects, and working in her garden.

Visit Hillendale’s website, or Lorna’s and Hillendale’s LinkedIn. Also checkout Hillendale’s June Family Caregiver Bootcamp.


Lorna Van Ackeren

Marketing Director and Community

Liaison, Hillendale Home CAre