For many years, Marlene has been a community advocate and volunteer for several non-profit organizations. As a cancer survivor herself, she is proud of her time spent volunteering for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and American Cancer Society, where she has served as a community ambassador in Washington to promote colorectal screening legislation and earned a Volunteer of the Year Award. Building on her career in long-term health care, Marlene has spent a lot of time volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association. As a member and officer of Citizens for a Healthy Jessup (CFHJ), Marlene has seen up close what local political pressure over public interest looks like, but that has not stopped her from spear-heading many public outreach events, including organizing pasta dinners and food drives for the needy in local communities during this last year when so many families were hurting financially. She is proud of serving on the CFHJ committee that worked on drafting legislation for implementing minimum standards for power plant host agreements, legislation that has been introduced by Senator Blake and State Representative Kyle Mullins. In recent years, she has worked hard alongside the Dunmore Historical Society to develop a thriving farmer’s market in the borough, of which she serves as the current president. While at Marywood, she also worked on developing a program to help grow small businesses.