Marsha P. Brook


IU South Bend Distinguished Alumni Award (2006)
B.A., 1965; M.S., 1977


Marsha Brook, a 1977 graduate with a M.S. in counseling and guidance, played a big role in the expansion and quality of the Madison Center in downtown South Bend. In 1978, Brook accepted a job at South Bend's Mental Health Center as coordinator of Sex Offense Services. This included counseling abuse victims and sensitivity training for police, prosecutors, and emergency room personnel. She was promoted to associate director of administration in 1986, and as the Madison Center grew, so did her responsibilities. She hired and managed hundreds of people and took part in the major expansion of mental health services to people of all ages.She retired after 28 years in December of 2005.

Brook's career consisted of a long list of accomplishments, one of which is the feeling she gets knowing people can and have received help through the Madison Center. She said it has also been a privilege to serve on a variety of board committees that serve the community. She continues to be involved locally and received IU South Bend's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 for her accomplishments.