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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Marilyn Frank

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Picture of MarilynMarilyn Frank joined the faculty in 1994 and will be leaving her faculty position in May 2011 after 17 years in the Department. She received her MSW from the University of Illinois in 1971 with an emphasis on group work and community organization and her Ph.D. in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Minnesota in 1996. Her Ph.D. research focused on the decisions of older people to move to public housing, their reasons for moving and their residential satisfaction before and after the move.

In her practice experience which spans over twenty-five years, Marilyn has worked in Chicago, rural Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. She has worked with youth and adolescents in schools and neighborhood centers; directed a neighborhood center; served as a human service planner and county developmental disabilities supervisor; initiated social work services and served as the first social service director at a rural nursing home, and developed and implemented a statewide program to establish on site coordination in senior housing to help older people continue to live independently. In 1997 she had the opportunity to meet with elderly housing and service providers and visit different sites in Barcelona, Spain and various cities in Holland.

Her current research interests focus on housing and services for the elderly; collaboration and the lessons learned from the Mankato Gang Prevention Task Force. She co-authored an article on programs serving battered women in rural Minnesota. Marilyn currently serves as the Vice Chair of the South Central Minnesota Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).