By Roadtrip Nation

Marylee Orr



My road in life has been direct.
Had a host of different jobs-owned an art gallery, worked at Head Start, worked in real estate.
Finally decided that maybe her calling was just to be the best wife and mother that she could be.
Then, her son was born with a lung disease; after seeing him struggle to breathe, she swore she'd never take breathing for granted again.
Today, her son is healthy, so her new mission is to pay back her personal luck by giving back to her environment.
She, along with a small group of community members, started the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) to mend local environmental problems.
She'd grown up hearing about the "big one," the hurricane that would flood New Orleans.
In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit, she watched her "New Orleans family" dying on the news; LEAN sprung into action.
Says they, "begged, borrowed and stole" any supplies they could, delivered 10-12 thousand pounds of food each day to those in need.
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Executive Director

I manage budget, fundraising, and serve as the environmental community’s voice with local, state, and federal agencies.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People