Marilyn Joiner has been a resident of Shreveport since 1973 when she returned to North Louisiana and joined the staff of the Shreveport Times as a lifestyle reporter. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, she also holds an MBA from Centenary College. For more than 30 years she has been involved in the fields of marketing and public relations, focusing on healthcare. After earning her business degree, she opened her own marketing and consulting business and later became regional manager for a large statewide advertising and marketing firm. She is a member of numerous marketing and public relations organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America. She was the first woman in our region to achieve that organization’s national public relations certification of APR. She has also mentored others interested in the fields of marketing and public relations.
During the past 18 years Marilyn has been involved in hospital marketing is grateful to be able to help the community in that meaningful way because she is passionate about community service. For the past three decades she has been involved in local organizations, among them the Shreveport Water Works Museum, Children and Arthritis, Centenary College Muses, YWCA Northwest Louisiana, Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield, Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society, Shreveport Symphony Guild, Shreveport Opera Guild, Highland Restoration Association, Alliance for Education, and Caddo Public Education Foundation. She worked with fundraising projects as a writer and music director for Red River Revue and the Riverbend Revue benefit for LSU Shreveport Foundation. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, reading presenting book reviews and serving as a part-time volunteer organist at Noel United Methodist Church and The Oaks of Louisiana. She enjoys sharing history with her husband, Gary Joiner, Ph.D., and was co-editor with him on a Civil War diary. She is proud mother to Laura Schlidt and grandmother to Mary Rachel, and is grateful her daughter and granddaughter now live in Shreveport.