MEET THE BOARD
Donald Bennett moved to Marion in July 2013 and immediately began rennovations on a family home. His favorite thing to do in marion is eat at the local restaurants and engage with the community to discuss resoration improvements and possibilities for growth.
Susan Passmore's family has been in Marion for six generation. She grew up in a military family and lived in California, Massachusetts, Washington DC and Belgium. Her favorite thing about Marion is how willing everyone is to work together towards a common goal.
Karen and her husband first visited Marion three years ago. After seeing so many of it's beautiful homes and buildings online, they wanted to learn more about this historic town. Her favorite thing to do in Marion is to explore, bike around the town, and walk through the MMI and Judson campuses.
Betty Cadore has lived in Marion for 3 years. She fell in love with Marion while searching for an apartment for her daughter who would be teaching in Marion for Teach for America the following fall. Her favorite thing about Marion is the strong history and everyone's willingless to lend a helping hand.
Cooper Holmes is originally from Marion and his family celebrated their bicentennial with the State of Alabama last year. His favorite thing to do in Marion is to tour people around and show them all of the great architecture and historical sites, and
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COL. DAVID MOLLAHAN
Col. Mollahan is the president of Marion Military Institute and has lived in Marion for a little over 10 years. His favorite thing to do in Marion is sitting on the porch at the MMI President's Mansion in the evening when the colors are coming down and hearing the Cadets yell Truth, Honor, Service.
Donna Bennett has lived in Marion for 8 years. She retired from Delta Air Lines after 25 years of service in Michigan as an Administrative Assistant, and decided to move south for the warmer climate. She loves managing her Bed & Breakfast, Bennett Suites B&B, and finding new recipes to cook. She enjoys reading and has a personal library of over 2,000 books!
COL. ED PASSMORE
Colonel Passmore arrived in Marion in 2013 after retiring from the Army, to fulfill his wish to settle down in a “southern retirement home” with his wife, Susan, who's family has been in Marion for 6 generations. Colonel Passmore’s favorite thing to do in Marion is working at MMI. He believes Marion has phenomenal untapped potential, and all the makings to be a very fun, attractive and prosperous place to live and work.
Gwenyth Mccordouodale began working at Judson College in 2008 and is currently a Professor of Education, Head of the Department of Education, and Chair of the Social Science Division. In 2014, Gwenyth and her husband moved to Marion, AL after years of commuting from Birmingham. Her favorite things in Marion involve organizations, institutions, and church life. She believes the people of Marion make a difference for those who move here.
Kevin Kirk is the Vice President for Enrollment & Communications at Judson College. He moved here a year ago and enjoys walking on the beautiful campus of Judson. His favorite thing about Marion is the people. He loves their hospitality and welcoming nature that made him feel at home after his move to Marion.
Kyle James and his wife, Sydney James, moved here about a year and a half ago and Kyle teaches math in Marion through Teach for America. His favorite thing to do is take walks with their new son, and anything with his students, whether that's working in the school garden, community cleanups, or sporting events #GoRams!
Mark Tew is Judson's 23rd president. Dr. Tew and his wife moved to Marion in 1987, investing their lives into Judson and the Marion community as they raised their three daughters here. They were away from Marion for 13 years before coming back so Dr. Tew could serve Judson as her 23rd president. His favorite thing to do is walk to work, sit on the porch and entertain friends.
Ronald Welcome has lived in Marion for 3 years. His came to support his daughter who would be teaching in Marion for Teach for America the following fall. His favorite thing about Marion is the friendly people and the opportunity to help revitalize this beautiful city. He loves to drive around and look at the beautiful vintage homes and sit on his front porch to enjoy the nature.
ROY & INEZ BARNETT
Roy and Inez Barnett have lived in Marion all of their lives except for college where they lived in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. They came back in 1963 to purchase Scruggs for Drugs, which they named College City Drug Co. Family and friends are what they love most about Marion as well as enjoying activities of the local schools and different civic organizations.
Sydney James moved to Marion from Seattle, WA with her husband, Kyle James, two years ago. Kyle teaches Math at Francis Marion School through Teach for America. Sydney's favorite things about Marion are the dirt roads they've discovered, running with Kyle, the beautiful countryside, and of course the people!