Education: AA, Centralia Community College, 1983. At SPU 1985–87; 1990; and since 2008.
Since 1985, Marilyn has served in three positions at SPU. First, she worked from 1985 to 1987 as an administrative assistant (AA) in Electrical Engineering and ISM (Information Systems Management) — where she met her husband, a 1988 graduate of SPU. Two years later, she returned to SPU for nine months as the AA for Athletics, and in 2008 came back a third time to her current position as the AA for Humanities, which includes Communication and Journalism.
Before her SPU days, Marilyn toured with the Continental Singers — a nonprofit interdenominational Christian music ministry — in Asia, Canada, Alaska, and South America. She also worked as an AA for the Washington State Legislature Ways and Means Committee, among other positions.
In her current position as the Humanities AA, she serves as receptionist and office manager, assisting professors and students for the second floor of Marston: “I’m the first person you see as you come through the door, and I’m ready to help if you have a question or need to find a professor or classroom.”
Marilyn began running in 2001 and has since completed several marathons and half-marathons. She and her husband have two daughters and a son. As a family they have traveled three times to Ensenada, Mexico, with Mexico Family Missions, helping with maintenance projects and outreach at an orphanage. They also enjoy outdoor activities together, including running, hiking, and biking.