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service at the Building for the Future fundraiser

Sr. Frances Alma McManus, S.P. Award
Marjorie A. Manchen, Mother Theodore Guerin Class of 1978
Executive Administrator, Schiller Park Mayor’s Office
Village Clerk, Village of River Grove

Marjorie A. Manchen graduated from Mother Theodore Guerin High School in 1978. She returned to serve nine years on the Guerin Alumnae Board, including a term as its chair and president, and later an additional ten years as a director on the Guerin College Preparatory High School Board of Directors.

Marjorie earned her Juris Doctorate at Northern Illinois University’s College of Law in 1992. She graduated with degrees in Political Science, Law Enforcement Administration, and French from Western Illinois University in 1982. She attributes the French degree and her interest in the language to the late Marilyn Hejnosz, the former French professeur at Guerin, and one of her favorite teachers.

Marjorie is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, and was recently admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar. Marjorie has been an attorney for nearly twenty-seven years, having concentrated her practice in domestic relations, guardianships, and family law matters, in addition to municipal law. Her law practice has been in River Grove with her husband of twenty years, Bart A. Smith, and father-in-law, Harry J. Smith, Jr. Before joining Smith & Smith in 1993, Marjorie was a partner with O’Donnell, Grady & Manchen.

Marjorie was appointed Executive Administrator to the Mayor’s Office and Treasurer of the Village of Schiller Park in 2017. Additionally, Marjorie was elected Village Clerk in the Village of River Grove in 2009, winning reelection in 2013 and 2017. She graduated from the Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute in 2011, and earned certification as a Municipal Clerk at the state and international levels. She currently serves as Vice President in the Municipal Clerks Association of Cook County.

Marjorie has been very committed to community services and activities. Since 2008, she has been a commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. She is a vice president of the River Grove Lions Club; a volunteer for Special Olympics and the Glass Slipper Project, which assists indigent high school girls; and an advocate for and supporter of Wings (Women in Need Growing Stronger). Prior to these positions, Marjorie was a member of the Elmwood Park Civic Foundation, a Wish-Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Kane County where she represented abused and neglected children.

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