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 need for conservation, she transferred her understanding of biological systems to the environmental field where she worked as Organic Land Care Program Coordinator for Northeast Organic Farming Association, Park Interpreter and Regional Interpretive Coordinator for Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, and Conference & Event Manager for Ceres. 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. She is a commissioner on Northampton’s Urban Forestry Commission, and training mentor for Climate Reality. Her mentors, Joanna Macy and Tom Wessels, inspire her integration of inner and outer landscapes.