Marion Institute Team
Liz Wiley comes to the Marion Institute with a diverse background focused on environmental and social sustainability. Originally trained as a biologist, she helped pioneer methods to rescue mass stranded whales and dolphins, investigated the impact of noise on killer whales and logged thousands of hours identifying and mapping the location of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. While passionate about environmental protection, her experience as a woman in science led to a greater commitment in improving the lives of underserved women and the need to form healthy communities that combine environmental and social needs. It was through her work at Bristol Community College (BCC) that she was able to develop and expand these principles through grant initiatives focused on workforce development and the green economy.
Most recently, Liz was the Food Security Lead at Spherical Analytics and Impact LABS where her work with farmers, fisheries and aquaculture focused on live piloting IoT technologies and designing, developing and marketing enterprise grade blockchain-enabled platform solutions.
Liz received her MS in Organizational Management and Leadership from Antioch University-New England, where her thesis focused on the ‘Role of Women in Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Communities’. She has taught courses at Boston University and BCC and is a certified yoga teacher. Liz and her family; Dave, Luke, Nathan live in Wareham.
Grow Education Program Manager
Through the Grow Education program, Adam designs, manages, and connects residents to use the school based-community gardens. His BS in Civil Engineering, Certificates in Integrative Nutrition and permaculture, and experience working as a SpEd. science teacher have helped develop his expertise in designing interactions between the ecological and social worlds. In addition to his part-time role as Grow Education’s Garden Operations Manager, he is the co-Founder of Terra Cura, a Design and Consulting firm focused on regenerative social and ecological systems. His interests range from philosophy to physics but center around nature. In his free time he is rock climbing, practicing yoga, or traveling to experience and learn from worldwide cultures.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Born and raised in Fall River, MA, Patti returned to Southeastern Massachusetts in 2015 after over 17 years working in the marketing, communications, and event departments of notable publishing and media companies in New York City. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a BS in Advertising & Marketing Communications. It has long been a dream of Patti’s to be able to contribute to the economic and social fabric of the area in which she grew up, and she is thrilled to be able to work with the Marion Institute, an organization with both strong local ties and a keen eye on global concerns. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, planning social events (like her daughter’s first birthday extravaganza), attending a diverse array of local events, and searching for the perfect cup of cold brewed iced coffee (one sip at a time.)
Human Resources Manager
Abby graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has a personal interest and commitment to social justice and quality compassionate healthcare. Prior to working at the Marion Institute, Abby’s experience as the office manager at a chiropractic office developed her belief in a multi-faceted holistic approach to health and wellness encompassing mental and physical wellbeing as well as nutrition. Away from the office, you can find her gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Development & Greenhouse Initiative Coordinator
Mary has lived in Southeastern MA for most of her life and loves all the area has to offer. She has a degree in Business Administration from Bryant College in Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Marion Institute Mary worked in healthcare finance for 13 years. Personal experience has led Mary to become passionate about the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. She is excited to join the Marion Institute as the development associate and be part of an organization promoting sustainability, nutrition and health. Away from work Mary enjoys being with her family, historic homes, beekeeping, and simple living.