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Phoebe Welcomes Marvin Laster to Hospital Board

Marvin Laster has deep roots in Albany and a long history of service to our community. In fact, he was born right here at Phoebe. At age 8, he changed the course of his life by joining the Jefferson Street Boys & Girls Club just a block away from the hospital. “The club exposed me to so many new things.  It really opened my eyes to the world,” Marvin said.

As a high school student, Marvin was named the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year in both Albany and the state of Georgia. While working at the club as a teenager, he secured an internship with then state Senator Mark Taylor. “That was a turning point for me.  It started a great friendship and mentorship that has taught me so much over the years.”

Marvin’s first ride in an airplane was sitting alongside Sen. Taylor and Gov. Zell Miller as they surveyed damage in Albany during the flood of 1994. He’s been in many airplanes since then, criss-crossing the country to stand up for children, while never wavering in his commitment to Albany.

After earning a degree from Albany State University, Marvin embarked on a career dedicated to improving the lives of children. His stellar achievements include creating a national program for the Boys & Girls Clubs to serve children with disabilities and overseeing their National Youth of the Year Awards.

Two years ago, he returned to Albany because he wanted to make a bigger difference in the lives of kids here in his hometown. As CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany, he works tirelessly to promote academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character in the youth of our community. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping children, and too often these kids do not have appropriate access to healthcare. Phoebe shares in this commitment – investing in programs such as Network of Trust, which provides nurses in schools, works to prevent child abuse, and strives to decrease the dropout rate. Phoebe’s commitment to helping children reach their potential perfectly aligns with our mission at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.”

Marvin exemplifies strength through his dedication to the community – something the Phoebe Family strongly believes in. We’re thrilled Marvin joined our hospital board of directors in March 2017, and we look forward to working together to make our community even better.