Marlene Fisher grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She changed her majors in college several times, but was drawn to the field of Sociology because of similar issue focus to Social Justice. She graduated from Drake University where her advisor mentored her toward graduate school. While completing her graduate degrees, she worked with perpetrators of domestic violence, at a halfway house reuniting women released from prison with their children and as a Social Worker in Child Protective Treatment for the State of Iowa. As a research assistant she worked for the President's Steering Committee on Diversity analyzing focus groups of minority faculty and staff. Marlene completed her Ph.D. at Iowa State University and has taught at Viterbo in the Dept. of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice for the past 15 years. Marlene feels strongly that Viterbo has been a good fit for her. She began a Gerontology minor at Viterbo and is the Program Coordinator. She is also the Chair of the Diversity Seminar Committee. Last year, she received a Service Award from Viterbo for her many contributions on campus and in the community. She has a passion for teaching, mentoring students from all walks of life. She is the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice and Sociology Club and the VU College Democrats. Marlene also sat on the Board of the YWCA for 6 years, 2 as the Board President. Marlene credits her life success to her mother, Mary, and her stepfather, Norm, who have been role models to her throughout her life. Without her parents, college would never have been possible for Marlene. Marlene also has 2 brilliant, caring daughters, Gaia (29) and Rebecca (27), and a new addition to the family, her grandson, Arlo, who has brought more happiness to her than can be imagined.
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