Marilyn Kelly-Cavotta is the Executive Director of Veteran & Military Services at Moravian University where she assists veteran students navigating the transition from military to civilian life. She also gives assistance to military-connected students using a parent or spouse’s VA educational benefits and ROTC cadets as they prepare for military service. Marilyn holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University. With her educational background and experience, Marilyn has dedicated her post-military career to offering support to veterans and their families through awareness, advocacy, and inclusion. Her primary focus is marginalized and intersectional identities within the veteran community.
Marilyn served in US Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard as a medic. She served 13 years, including a deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Marilyn retired from the PA National Guard in February 2013 as a Staff Sergeant. After a successful career in the Army helping Soldiers, Marilyn continues to help the veteran community by increasing awareness of the gaps that exist for women and LGBT veterans and advocates for these populations.
Marilyn is actively involved with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (GLVCC) and currently serves as the secretary for the Veteran & Military Council of the GLVCC. Marilyn is a member of the Women Veterans Committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Veterans Services; a Board Member for Shamrock Reins, an equine-assisted psychotherapy facility for veterans, active duty & reserve service members, and their families; and Chair of the Bethlehem Human Relations Commission.