Marilyn was born with an eye disease presenting itself with color blindness, light sensitivity, and low acuity.
Marilyn was born in Montana, attended school in Spokane, WA, and moved west to Seattle to complete a bachelor of mathematics degree at the University of Washington and MBA at Seattle University.
For 20 years, she developed software for the Boeing Company, rising to systems requirements manager, in support of Boeing wind tunnel aerodynamic research, airplane assembly plans and wiring diagrams, airplane sales and marketing, external software contracts, and the company accounting systems. She owned Cascade Marketing for 30 years for investments, fine jewelry, forest management, retail products and strategic planning.
Marilyn brings board governance and public policy knowledge from being a member of several Seattle nonprofit boards including serving as president and board chair for the Junior League of Seattle, Seattle Opera Guild, and National Charity League Lake Washington Chapter. She also has served on business boards from investing to banking, including president of her investment club.
Marilyn was born with an eye disease presenting itself with color blindness, light sensitivity, and low acuity. Her diagnosis of achromatopsia was confirmed for the first time, through genetic testing, by Dr. Jennifer Chao in 2018. Marilyn has many humorous stories about her life experiences with limited vision.
Marilyn has lived with her husband, Vernon, on Mercer Island for 34 years. They have a blended family of six grown children and their families. Besides professional and community work, Marilyn enjoys gardening, cooking, and many family and social events. She teaches low impact aerobics (Enhance Fitness) at the Mercer Island community center.