Marjan Coester is a native to the Northwest, born and raised in Eugene and returned to Oregon from Washington State in 2005. While in Washington, she served as the Director for Student Life/Multicultural Student Affairs at Clark College and as the Assistant to the Director for Student Activities at Skagit Valley College.
She discovered her passion for working within the field of Student Development/Student Affairs while an undergraduate at the University of Oregon. Although she majored in Business, she volunteered and worked extensively in orientation and advising programs at the UO; her senior year was spent considering how she could transition from the field of Business to Higher Education. It was the opportunity at SVC that drew her to her calling in Student Life and to a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University.
As a leadership development educator and advocate, and a strong believer in walking the talk – she has served in leadership roles at not only the local levels, but statewide and regionally as well.
Ask her what she likes to do in her free time, she’ll tell you that she is an avid consumer of books, with a personal library of over 1,000 “real” paperbacks and another 1,000 + “virtual” e-books; she enjoys console and computer games, is a highly handicapped golfer, an inflexible yoga practitioner and is a recently discovered enthusiastic swimmer. She’s blessed to be married to Todd, who support hers passion for work by not complaining about the long hours and makes sure she is fed and watered regularly. Her three cats are constant companions and enjoy the opportunity to leave their own (claw) marks on her leadership development materials.
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