Marianna Black Habisreutinger
With her extensive involvement in education, healthcare, and the arts, Marianna Black Habisreutinger enriched her native Spartanburg, as well as the entire Upstate community. As a graduate of Mt. Vernon Junior College and the University of Mississippi, Marianna is a former Spartanburg County public school teacher and serves as an officer of Champion Investment Corporation.
At present, she holds leadership roles with numerous Upstate charitable organizations. She served on the Upstate Forever Board of Directors since 2005, formerly serving as Board Secretary. She serves on the boards of the Charles Lea Foundation, which she founded in 1986; the Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Inc.; Spartanburg Methodist College; Storm Eye Institute of the Medical University of South Carolina; and Mary Black School of Nursing Advisory Board of USC Upstate. In addition, she is a Governor of the Piedmont Club, as well as a founder and co-chair of the Executive Guild of the Hope Center for Children.
For more than twenty years, Marianna served on the boards, including stints as chairman, of Mary Black Memorial Hospital and the Mary Black Foundation, the Spartanburg County Foundation, and the Urban League of the Upstate. She served as the President of the Junior League of Spartanburg, chairman of the Ellen Hines Girls’ Home, on the Boards of the St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic and the Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as on the Board of Visitors of the Medical University of South Carolina. Additionally, Marianna served on the Boards of the Friends of the Arts as the Founder, the Artist Guild, the Art Association, the Symphony Guild, the Spartanburg Day School and the SDS Parents’ Club.
In 2011, Marianna was named as South Carolina’s Mother of the Year, an affiliate of the American Mothers, Inc. She is blessed by her wonderful family: her husband, Roger; daughter, Anna H. Converse; sons, Paul and Charles; and two grandchildren, all of whom are residing in Spartanburg.