Sharla Marshall

Sharla Marshall

Sharla Marshall

Community Volunteer

A native Texan, Sharla graduated from University of Texas in 1974, then worked for three years in Houston public schools as a speech pathologist. She then moved into the government and political arena as legislative office manager and campaign manager for Texas State Representative Ashley Smith. In 1984, Sharla was hired as the founding executive director of the South Freeway Corridor Association, a not-for-profit corporation formed to facilitate economic and infrastructure development in a growth corridor of Houston through integrating public and private efforts and resources. In 1990, she was recruited as the executive director of the not-for-profit Houston Parks Board, formed by city ordinance to solicit, manage, and expend private donations and bequests for the improvement of Houston's park system.

While in Houston, Sharla was extremely active and won several awards and honors as a volunteer leader in civic and charitable organizations. Some of the organizations on whose boards she served were: Avondale House for Autistic Children, Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, The Texas Lyceum, Gulf Coast Chapter March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Clubs, University of Texas Ex Students Assoc., Spring Branch area Revitalization Assoc., Ronald McDonald House, Sunnyside Up Community Development Corp. (co-founder), and Chris Keeney Fund for Autism Services ( co-founder). She was honored in 1984 as one of the Outstanding Young Houstonians by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and by the State of Texas for outstanding volunteer leadership for her work with Avondale House for Autistic Children. She was selected to Class VIII of the prestigious American Leadership Forum and is now a Sr. Fellow.

After moving to Kennewick in March, 2005, Sharla created for the Trios Foundation the Gala D'Vine fundraiser, which was first held in November 2005, and was a sellout with over 500 in attendance. In 2011, the total net proceeds from the now annual Gala D'Vine event exceeded the $1 million mark. Sharla has also served on the Foundation's scholarship committee, the planned giving committee, and in the strategic planning group. In 2006, she was given the Foundation's Great Dedication Award, and along with her husband, Glen, was honored with the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award in 2009.

Professionally, as an event planning and fundraising consultant, Sharla was hired in 2009 to develop, plan, and manage an inaugural gala event for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima. The successful "President's Gala" was recognized by the American Association of Osteopathic Colleges of Medicine as "Best Special Event" at their Annual Awards Gala in 2010. As a volunteer, Sharla has also planned and implemented special events in the Tri-Cities for Habitat for Humanity and South Hills Church High School Ministry, and Ridgeview Elementary and Desert Hills Middle School PTOs.

Sharla and husband Glen enjoy camping and fishing with their son Lane and friends, playing competitive tennis, and cooking for friends.