Marilou’s heart-centered leadership style is guided by the belief that meaningful innovation and sustaining transformation requires a deep understanding of ourselves, and the communities around us. She co-founded Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (a coalition of 30+ animal welfare groups) in 2009 and Leech Lake Legacy (an animal welfare organization serving Leech Lake Reservation) in 2011. She now serves as Vice President of Community Healing Programs for the Native America Humane Society.
Inspired by her spirit dog Ahnung (means ‘star’ in ojibwe) from Red Lake Reservation, Marilou created a moral compass. Her moral compass was the inspiration and guiding star for the two non-profits she co-founded, and continues to be her guide in connecting individuals, communities, building bridges and creating space for healing.
Marilou shares her home with her partner and their five dogs ranging from the ages of 4 to 16.5 years of age. She has a daily meditation and writing practice, and enjoys hiking, nature walks, learning, photography and working out.