A 31-year resident of Georgia, Maryline Blackburn has enjoyed making Smyrna her home for the last 17 years. She currently serves her community as a board member on the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, as well as serving on the Smyrna Vision Initiative Steering Committee. In addition, Maryline dedicates her time to many community organizations including Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, National Kidney Foundation, and Life Link, just to name a few.
Maryline has applied her business savvy, knowledge, and musical talents in the entertainment industry for 25 years. She is the CEO of the acclaimed non-profit philanthropic organization, Divas With A Cause. A two-time Grammy ballot nominated recording artist, she has performed extensively in the USA and internationally, and has had the honor of singing the US National Anthem for the inaugural ceremony of Senator Max Cleland, the NFL, IHL, the NAACP, MLK Celebrations, ACOG Olympic and Paralympic Celebrations, and many more. Oh, and she sings it - exquisitely - a cappella.
Born in Europe to a close-knit military family, Maryline spent her formative years in Fairbanks, Alaska and graduated from Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, with a degree in Business Administration/Fashion Merchandising. She won the Miss Alaska Scholarship pageant 1984, beating second runner-up Sarah Palin for the honor of representing Alaska in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant, where Maryline was a talent finalist.
Maryline has received several Certificates of Appreciation and awards from the United States Armed Forces for her entertaining and support of our military men and women abroad with the USO and Department of Defense tours. Her passion and support allowed her to be hoisted down in the middle of the Indian Ocean onto a USS Battleship as well as land (tail hook) on board the USS Midway to perform for our US troops!
Maryline's business and life experiences have always been grounded in serving her community and embracing people. To spend time with Maryline is to know you were listened to with care and respect by someone who has all the business and life skills, the sincere desire, the energy and an unparalleled ability to have major positive impact through her actions.