Marlis is an instructor, Leadership Criteria Framework Feedback Specialist (LCFFS) and coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy. She also has provided support since 2008 as a District Improvement Facilitator as part of the Summit District Improvement Initiative.
Marlis retired as the superintendent of the Kennewick School District in 2008. During a 37-year career in public education, she has been a high school English teacher, a middle school counselor and principal, a director of student services, and an associate superintendent for curriculum and assessment. Marlis helped develop and implement a K–12 systemic model of instruction in addition to facilitating instructional leadership training for all administrators.
Marlis has served on numerous community and professional boards at the local and state level including United Way, Junior Achievement, the Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation, and the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Board in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University-Tri Cities. She has made numerous presentations at state and national conferences on issues of middle school accountability and instructional focus and leadership.
Marlis completed a bachelor of arts degree in English from South Dakota State University and received her master’s degree in guidance and Counseling from the College of Idaho and her Educational Administration credentials from Washington State University.