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A class trip to see Fiddler on the Roof with Zero Mostel at the Majestic Theatre in NYC ignited a life-long love of theater for Civic’s Board of Directors President, Marilyn Marles. Later she enjoyed the camaraderie and pride of being a member of the “company” in her high school’s musicals, although roles were small.

Professionally, her corporate and consulting experience includes leadership and team development, performance management, organizational change, compensation, strategic planning and job analysis, design, and evaluation. She has further developed expertise in nonprofit governance and board-staff relationships.

She is excited to bring her love of theater and relevant expertise to her role on the Board at Civic Theatre.

She has consulted with a variety of business, government and nonprofit entities in the United States, Canada, Central America, and Great Britain. Consulting engagements have included Allentown Art Museum, Eastern Industries, Haven House, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, NAWDP (National Association of Workforce Development Professionals), NORWESCAP, Open Source Center (part of the U.S. intelligence community), Philadelphia International Airport, PPL and many others. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Moravian College and Muhlenberg College.

Through a partnership between United Way of the Lehigh Valley and The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management (renamed The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute), she became a facilitator for the Drucker Self-Assessment Tool for Nonprofit Organizations. She was paired with other local professionals to guide numerous Lehigh Valley nonprofits through self-assessment and strategic planning.

In addition to her consulting activities, Marilyn has been an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of The Hillside School, The Lutheran Home at Topton (now Diakon), Eastern PA Lutheran Camp Corp. (Bear Creek Camp), The Program for Female Offenders (now The Program for Women and Families), and Muhlenberg College, where she also served as President of the Alumni Association.

Marilyn earned the Master of Science in Human Resource Development/Organization Development at The American University in Washington, D.C., and completed several University of Michigan Executive Education courses. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Science and Russian Studies from Muhlenberg College.

She resides in Lower Macungie Township with her husband, her dog, and his chickens.