Marlene Champagne

Tri-State Development Manager

My mother, a native Puerto Rican, married my father, a soldier in the U.S. Army. A year
later, I was born at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Subsequently beginning my education in
Germany, I’d ultimately establish my home of record in Wyoming, where my father
originally retired. Attending the University of Wyoming, I graduated with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Dietetics.

Joining the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, eventually completing a Master’s degree in Business
Administration (MBA), my culminating career assignment ended with successfully field
testing the Army’s new fleet, the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV, a $1.5
Billion operational test.

Opting for an early retirement after 17 years of service (during the drawdown of forces,
Desert Storm), I’d enjoy several subsequent career moves, including a two-year stint as a
Visiting Professor at Kyunghee University, one of South Korea’s top educational
institutions. Prior to my departure, I received the distinguished honor for superior
instructional performance, selected as the Number One Professor in the Business
Department, as a result of my Leadership instruction.

My passion for teaching led me to earning a second Master’s Degree in Special Education,
where I’d devote the next nine years to teaching low-income urban youth students with
learning disabilities at Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Ultimately settling down in western North Carolina, I’d enter the nonprofit philanthropic
field, serving as the Help Line Volunteer Coordinator for Manna Food Bank. Establishing
and operating a help line for the next seven years, managing a team of 30 volunteers, we
served those suffering from food insufficiency in 16 western North Carolina counties.

Recently departing Manna, I’ve been on board with No Barriers since 1 October 2021,
serving as the Tri-State Development Manager, partnering with my husband, Pete. Yet
another brand-new journey for me, I’m so excited to serve our Nation’s Veterans in an
entirely new capacity – one where I’ll raise funds for the annual Outdoor Classic,
supporting Warrior Expeditions, all while continuing to expand the No Barriers reach in
western North Carolina!

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