Marni is a relatively new member of the Y, just shy of a year. Marni is very special to the Y, as she will be The Tempe Family YMCA, Advisory Board’s Board Chair for the next two years!

Marni also joined the board just shy of 1 year ago, and has made a lasting impact already on The Tempe Y. Marni has facilitated times for our Childcare & Camp programs to receive hands on experience and learn about gardening at the FIGG (Friends in Gasca Gardens) Garden on Warner and Rural. Marni was also the main connection to facilitate the collaboration The Y with Tempe Cares Day, which allowed almost 200 volunteers to spend the day this past March painting our Y!

Marni is also the Co-Creator of the DISCOVERoom. The DISCOVERoom is a dedicated room accessible to students during their lunch recess, in which they can freely investigate a variety of science and engineering concepts. Non-directed exploration (i.e. ‘play’) is as crucial as direct instruction to a well-rounded science education. The intent of this room is to complement classroom instruction by providing an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a science and engineering-rich environment, with the ultimate goal being to stimulate a sustained interest in these disciplines. If you are a parent looking to bring the DISCOVERoom to your child’s school, please contact Marni at discoveroomkyrene@gmail.com.

When Marni is not working on The DISCOVERoom, she is giving back to her community! Marni currently is a Member of Tempe Downtown’s Rotary Club, on the board for The Kiwanis Club of Tempe as the Membership Chair, and now the Advisory Board Chair of The Tempe Family YMCA. Marni and her husband moved to Tempe 15 years ago, and have raised two children in Tempe and she loves her city!