Marianna was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States with her parents at age thirteen. She did not speak English and was amazed by the new culture and environment, especially snow and below zero temperatures!
Marianna and her husband, Onn, have schools in rural villages of Cambodia where there is no running water or electricity. To Marianna, this is a true testimony of the power and potential of people working together, of Rotary called Monticello home since 1991. Not only have they raised their three daughters, Malinda, Amanda and Olivia, in Monticello, they have also been business owners in the community. With the success of their restaurant and hotel businesses, they soon started finding ways to volunteer to give back to their growing and supportive community. Marianna's theme as the chair of Monticello Chamber of Commerce in 1999 was “U” and “I” working in “Unity” for a better “CommUnIty.” This has also been Marianna’s approach to Rotary, both locally and globally.
Together, with the help from the Rotary Clubs of Alexandria, Buffalo, St. Michael & Albertville, and Monticello, Marianna was able to build a total of three libraries for schools in rural villages of Cambodia where there is no running water or electricity. To Marianna, this is a true testimony of the power and potential of people working together, of Rotary!