Mary Alice Nielson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies.  She worked for the Cox Communications operations in Las Vegas since 1988 and has performed various roles, including VP of Marketing and Sales, VP of Advertising Sales, VP of Business Development, and VP of Engineering and Technology.

Mary Alice retired from Cox in December 2003, to raise her three small children.  She remains active in the community as a board member for I Have a Dream and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.