An alumna of Falconer Central School, Cathy Marion graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1979 with honors with a degree in psychology before moving to Houston. She pursued a career in marketing, public relations, corporate publications and event planning for profit and nonprofit organizations.
She serves on the board of the Fredonia College Foundation and the advisory board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, and the Marion Foundation has provided support for the Chautauqua Institution as well.
Mrs. Marion was honored in 2007 with the Fredonia Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for her distinguished professional achievement and humanitarian service.
Jesse Marion is the founder of Millennium Seismic, Ltd., a seismic data library company in Canada, as well as Marion Investments, Inc. He is a board member of the Memorial Hermann Foundation and Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, and a trustee of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation.
The Marion Foundation has become a fixture of the Houston region’s philanthropic community, although its giving has extended as far away as Wyoming, Alberta, Canada, and Egypt, in addition to Mrs. Marion’s native Chautauqua County.