Marla was born and raised in Rockford and has been a part of our community her whole life.

She attended West High School and graduated from Rockford Area Vocational Center in 1979.  Her Grandfather and her Father were factory workers.  Marla started working in a factory office after she finished school and when the economy started declining, went to work on the factory floor inspecting screws.  To this day, Marla has never forgotten the lessons learned from her blue collar work experiences, and developed a deep respect for how hard the Rockford workforce labor to provide a decent living for their families.

Marla became active in her community in the early 1980’s by volunteering at WAVE, the only women’s shelter near the Illinois-Wisconsin border at the time. From that point on, she has worked tirelessly as a member of countless local groups and organizations including the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Club, YMCA of Rock River Valley, the YWCA of Rockford, RAMI Scholarship Awards, and St. James Church.

Marla is also a member of the League of Women Voters (green committee & pension study committee), the steering committee for Rockford AirFest, the MELD 4th of July Race committee, and the Winnebago 911 First Responders Memorial committee.

Marla is a newcomer to the political scene, having never previously sought political office. 

Marla lives in Rockford with her husband of more than 12 years, Eric, and their daughter, Allison.