Research Liaison Director
Marilyn Gardner was born in the U.S. in a small town in Massachusetts and at three months old was moved to Pakistan. Pakistan was home for 18 years. She returned to the U.S. for college, became a nurse, and promptly went back "home" to Pakistan. She was deported after 3 months, came back to the U.S. and embarked on a journey with her now husband that has taken them to Pakistan, Egypt, Massachusetts, Phoenix, and now Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Marilyn is a Registered Nurse and works specifically as a public health nurse, working with underserved communities made largely of immigrants and refugees around cancer screenings. She has a Certificate in Cultural Competency Training, is a member of the Massachusetts Nursing Association, and is a volunteer health advisor for Conscience International. She frequently speaks on cultural competency and health care and also spends time writing and working with refugees in the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Turkey.
Marilyn joined the FIGT Board in October 2015.