BIO: Dr. Marianne McDonald, a professor of classics and theatre arts at UCSD, has lived an action packed life from the moment she could walk. Her glamour, gladiator strength and innovative spirit are unmistakable. She speaks 8 languages, her work has been published over 250 times, she is an accomplished harpist and she has a black belt in karate.

Marianne has dedicated a large portion of her life to the cause of behavioral health. Marianne founded the McDonald Center in 1981, leaving an imprint on many lives for the better and was awarded Philanthropist of the Year in 1985 by San Diego’s Association of Fundraising Professionals. The McDonald Center was the first chemical dependency rehabilitation unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital to provide help for anyone struggling with alcoholism and chemical dependency. Now located within Sharp Healthcare, the McDonald Center treats these destructive diseases by literally loving people back to life.

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