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With her extensive involvement in education, health care, and the arts, Marianna Black Habisreutinger has deeply enriched her native Spartanburg as well as the entire Upstate community. A graduate of Mt. Vernon Junior College and the University of Mississippi, Marianna is a former Spartanburg County public school teacher and currently serves as an officer of Champion Investment Corporation.
At present she holds leadership roles with numerous Upstate charitable organizations. She has served on the Upstate Forever Board of Directors since 2005, formerly serving as Board Secretary. She serves on the boards of the Charles Lea Foundation (which she founded in 1986), Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Inc., Spartanburg Methodist College, Storm Eye Institute of the Medical University of South Carolina, and Mary Black School of Nursing Advisory Board of USC Upstate, and is a Governor of the Piedmont Club. She is also founder and co-chair of the Executive Guild of the Hope Center for Children.
For more than twenty years, Marianna served on the Boards – including stints as Chairman – of Mary Black Memorial Hospital and the Mary Black Foundation, the Spartanburg County Foundation, and the Urban League of the Upstate. She has served as President of the Junior League of Spartanburg, as Chairman of the Ellen Hines Girls’ Home, on the Boards of the St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic and the Children’s Advocacy Center, and on the Board of Visitors of the Medical University of South Carolina. Marianna has also served on the Boards of the Friends of the Arts (founder), the Artist Guild, the Art Association, the Symphony Guild, the Spartanburg Day School and the SDS Parents’ Club.
In 2011 Marianna was named as South Carolina’s Mother of the Year, an affiliate of the American Mothers, Inc. She is blessed by her wonderful family: Her husband Roger, daughter Anna H. Converse, sons Paul and Charles, and two grandchildren, all fortunately residing in Spartanburg.