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About Marlene Malek
Along with being an active participant and organizer of Women for Romney, Marlene Malek is president of the Friends of Cancer Research, working to mobilize support for increased cancer research funding. In 1993, she received a Presidential Appointment to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves on the Community Board at the Kennedy Center. In addition, Marlene is an active member of the Collectors Committee at the National Gallery of Art and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
In the educational realm, Marlene is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Marymount University. She was awarded Marymount University's "Mother Gerard Phelan Gold Medal," in honor of her outstanding contributions as a community volunteer and health care advocate. Past recipients include Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford, Lynda Bird Robb, Baroness Maria von Trapp and Clare Booth Luce.
Marlene has worked as a home care volunteer for Hospice, where she has provided physical and emotional support to terminally ill cancer patients and their families. In 1991, she received a Presidential appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, she initiated the Breast Cancer Education Summits, which were implemented at cancer centers across the country. Currently, Marlene serves on the Board of Directors of Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center where she received the "Shingleton Award" for service on the Board. Additionally, she is a member of the Advisory Council of the George and Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is also a member of the National Dialogue on Cancer and has been honored by Washingtonian magazine as a Washingtonian of the Year.
Marlene is married to Frederic V. Malek, Chairman of an investment‐banking firm, resides in McLean, VA, and has two grown children.