Marlene graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Secondary Education, and from the University of New Orleans with an M.Ed. in Counselor Education. She completed postgraduate work on financial stability, advancement, and major gifts for independent schools, and attended the Harvard Counseling Institute.
Marlene taught English and math in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. She served as a Counselor at Newcomb Women's Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She has fourteen years of experience as a Middle School Principal, at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, LA from 1982-1990, and at Fort Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, TX from 1990-1997. She has fifteen years of Head of School experience, first at Chatham Hall School in Chatham, VA and subsequently at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, TN.
Marlene is a National Board Certified Counselor and a member of several associations, including Country Day School Headmasters' Association; Tennessee Association of Independent Schools; Memphis Association of Independent Schools; Virginia Association of Independent Schools; National Association of Independent Schools; Head Mistress Association of the East; National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls. She was on National Board of Directors of Educational Records Bureau and was Vice President from 2009-2011.
Marlene is a frequent presenter on leadership in independent schools. She was named to Memphis Magazine's “50 Women Who Make a Difference” in 2006.