Marian Westerling, the American Cancer Society senior development manager responsible for the Blount County Relay for Life, submitted her resignation on Tuesday citing health and personal reasons.
She also staffed Downtown Knoxville and West Knoxville relay events. “My last day is April 9, and there will be a replacement announced. I have been so honored to work with so many wonderful, wonderful volunteers, and I will miss working with them,” Westerling said. “I’m grateful to have worked for such a wonderful organization for so many years.”
Westerling, 46, was born in Germany and became an American citizen in 1988. “My stepfather was in the Air Force, and I graduated high school in Jacksonville, Ala., and I attended Pellissippi State,” she said.
She is married to David Westerling, and they have a son, Daniel Westerling who is 26. She has lived in Blount County for 19 years. “I worked with United Way for three years. That’s where I started my non-profit career. Then I came to ACS in October of 1997 as senior development manager,” she said. “I have staffed 15 of our 17 counties in the Knoxville area.”
Westerling said she has enjoyed working in all the counties where she has served. “The Blount County Relay will always hold a special place in my heart. I will still be a part of Relay on a volunteer basis in Blount County,” she said. “My blood runs purple - it’s the power of purple, the Blount County Relay color.”