District Governor André Marria

André MarriaAndré has been a Rotarian since 2005 when she joined the Rotary Club of Thomasville. She is the CEO of Marria’s Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting Service, LLC. She served as Youth Services and Foundation chairs prior to serving as Club President. In 2018-19 André received the Sheffield Leadership Award. She is a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society member, Major Donor Level II, Will Watt Fellow, a Thomas Fellow, and Jake Cheatham Fellow, and received the Avenues of Service Citation 2021 from her club. She served as an Assistant Governor 2020-2022 the District Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In 2023 André was recognized as one of six members honored by Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones, as People of Action: Champions of Inclusion, for helping create a more inclusive world. She is a graduate of Rotary Zone 33-34 Emerging Leaders 2020 Summit of Champions, is a member of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians and is a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader.

André spent thirty-four years of public service with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, retiring as the Director of the Thomas County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) in November, 2008. She is a Licensed Therapist and published Author.

She has received numerous awards including the 2016 John C. Burns III Licensed Professional Counselors Association, Lifetime Achievement Award for her 39 years of service and endorsement of the Profession of Counseling. She is a Past Trustee of the Thomasville Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and a Two-time Distinguished Toastmaster of Toastmasters International. She is a member of The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, and member in good standing of Thomasville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

André Hadley Marria graduated from the Fort Valley State University in 1973 with a B.S. degree in Music, and in 1975 with a M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling.  

Her proudest accomplishment was to serve as a 911 Ground Zero Red Cross Disaster Mental Health First Respondent, NYC 2001. André has been married to Evangelist Walter Marria, Jr. for Fifty Years, and they have two birth children, two given by God and eight grandchildren.

Updated by Alec Smythe
June 30, 2023 8:43 pm