Mary Jo Zorb is a life-long resident of North College Hill. Her parents moved to North College Hill in the late 1940’s with three children (which eventually grew to eight), with Mary Jo being the youngest. She purchased her family home on Sundale Ave. in 1990 and has lived there ever since. Ms. Zorb attended Goodman Elementary for two years and completed grade school at St Margaret Mary. During her attendance at St. MM School, she was involved in the CYO and sang in the St. MM Church youth group.
Mary Jo’s family is no stranger to hard work. From the time she was old enough to tag along, she would walk up and down the streets of Catalpa, Cordova, Emerson, Waltham, Sterling, Sundale and Dallas delivering newspapers with her siblings. Eventually, Mary Jo was the sole deliverer of the same paper route. When she was ready to move on from delivering newspapers, The Press News wrote an article about how long her family had delivered that particular route.
She graduated from McAuley High School and went on to attend University of Cincinnati/Ohio College of Applied Science studying Electrical Engineering Technology. During the co-op phase of her college education, Mary Jo was offered, and accepted, a position as an electrical engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. She remained there for the next 10 years until the company was purchased by Compaq. She went on to work at Entex where she stayed for 11 years. Currently she is working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and has been there for 15 years. Mary Jo’s professional career has mainly been in the Information Technology arena. (Although I did work a second job for two years at a nursery and was able to expand my plant knowledge and encourage my green thumb!) She has held positions as Project Manager, System Analyst and Helpdesk Analyst.
Ms. Zorb is very active in her church and its outreach programs such as Thanksgiving Food Drive, Angel Tree, GO Cincinnati and many more. She also very much enjoys puttering around in her rose and vegetable gardens. She finds such times to be quite therapeutic and enjoys them as her “thinking time.”
Mary Jo’s son, Justin Anderson, attended St. Margaret Mary Elementary and LaSalle High schools. She feels at home in North College Hill and can’t imagine herself ever moving out. As a matter of fact, her goal is to bring NCH back to the city it once was, a City whose citizens took PRIDE in saying, “YES! I live in NCH”.