Marlys’ passion for media and building community converge in much of her current work.
Marlys has her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked for several years for The Elkhart Truth, covering crime and safety in Elkhart County, Ind., education and youth issues in Elkhart County, and writing features out of the Goshen and Middlebury communities. She has also been published in The South Bend Tribune, The Farmer’s Exchange, and MSNBC.com. Her marketing experience has included work for Maple City Market in downtown Goshen, Ind., New World Arts in Goshen, the American Guernsey Youth Association, Mennonite Church USA’s Central District Conference, Horizon Education Alliance, Goshen Community Schools, and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) in Phoenix Ariz. She was also editor for a part of the Good of Goshen storytelling project.
Her areas of focus include food and agriculture, having grown up on a dairy farm in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Ind., working on both a fair-trade coffee farm in Chanchamayo, Peru, and covering agriculture at the Indiana Statehouse and local farmer stories and trends; and education, having covered local schools and education issues as a journalist, later marketing schools and education programs.
Marlys has also been the marketing director for GoShakes, the Goshen (Ind.) Shakespeare group. She has been a member of the United Way of Elkhart County‘s education panel, of the First Fridays taskforce for downtown Goshen, a communications liaison for the MCESA Youth Transition Advisory Council, and is currently serving her second term as vice president of programming for the Arizona School Public Relations Association.
She is currently the administrator of communication and marketing for the Maricopa County Education Service Agency.