Walking the Walk Group Leader, Philadelphia Network
2017-2018 was Marilyn’s fifth year with the Walking the Walk Youth Initiative. In 2013, she took on the role of mentor for Walking the Walk participants from her home congregation of Reformation Lutheran Church in Media. Her initial connection with Interfaith Philadelphia, however, began about eight years ago when she became a “charter member” of Quest, the Center’s interfaith book group. She found both of these experiences to be enriching and rewarding.
Marilyn’s professional life has been in the field of education where she has been a classroom teacher in special education and regular education, an elementary school counselor, and a supervisor of student teachers for Neumann University. Outside of school she has worked with youth of various ages as a volunteer at Peter’s Place (a center for grieving children and families), a Sibshop facilitator (peer support for kids who have siblings with special needs), and a mentor in the United Way program for middle school girls entitled Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow.
In her leisure time she enjoys cooking classes and culinary tours, antiquing, and traveling, especially to cities and national parks.