As a former Senior Director and current consultant in Regulatory Affairs for several pharmaceutical companies, Marion led development teams for successful regulatory submissions and new oncology drug approvals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Multi-tasking, organizational and diplomatic skills are required for such successes in the highly competitive pharmaceutical world. She has also served as a mentor and manager on regulatory teams for many years.
A recent Master Gardener, Marion volunteers to help the local community, by providing possible solutions to plant issues on the Help Line, horticulture therapy for those less fortunate, and membership in the speakers' bureau. She values education, having served as a mentor to a young Navajo growing up on a New Mexico reservation. In this role she not only provided encouragement but also financial support to his family. This support helped him finish High School and enter a Community College program. Marion also helped adults learn English with her work in Literacy Volunteers of America. With a passion for education and research, Marion will be focusing on Kiwimbi's education mission and hopes to encourage others to learn more about its work by various means, including book club discussions of Kenyan literature.
Marion holds her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Indiana University and did post-doctoral work in virology at the NJ Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. She loves to travel, help animals and even does a bit of fly fishing.