Thomas Marlbrough, a senior at Northwestern State University, has been selected as the 2017-2018 Student Representative to The Ability Experience Board of Directors.
The Ability Experience was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Although the organization is still fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended, The Ability Experience has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit with numerous programs educating undergraduates, alumni and communities about the abilities of people with disabilities.
Marlbrough is a Pi Alpha, having completed a national Ability Experience event, and has served as archon of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi.
Some of his most memorable experiences in college include his 2016 cycling trek across the country with the Journey of Hope.
“Having the opportunity to engage with organizations like the Ashley House in Washington State and all the amazing people they serve helped develop an understanding of empathy, abilities, teamwork, and integrity which I believe made me a better man.”
At three meetings per year, the Board of Directors gathers in order to discuss the state of the organization and steer opportunities that are available to The Ability Experience. Board members take ownership of several aspects of the organization, all with the common goal of changing the way society views people with disabilities and fraternities.
“Servant leaders like Thomas are actively addressing the complex challenges of today’s global society; and creating change across the country through their lifelong commitment to service,” said CEO Basil Lyberg.