Marilyn developed an affinity for nature growing up in the small central Massachusetts town of Barre, where she gravitated to the woods and nearby Mass Audubon sanctuary. With a Master of Science in Applied Anatomy & Physiology, her professional path began in the medical field. Concerned about climate change and convinced of the role of conservation as a natural solution, she transferred her understanding of biological systems to the environmental field. She worked for Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, Ceres, and The Climate Project. In 2014, Marilyn completed a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England with a Conservation Biology concentration. She served as Kestrel’s Community Engagement Coordinator through the TerraCorps year of service program before joining the staff in 2018.