The Arlington House Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides restoration, preservation and the advancement of research and educational activities related to the Arlington House, the historic home of the families of George Washington Parke Custis, and his son-in-law, Robert E. Lee. As the development trustee, Merle Schneider is responsible for coordinating various events and projects and promoting the restoration of the historic Arlington House. With her expertise in fundraising and event management, she has become the “go-to person” for getting the job done. Moving forward with this position, she hopes to help successfully restore the historic Arlington House to its original state of appearance in 1860.
Prior to starting her current position six years ago, Ms. Schneider earned a master’s degree in human resource management from Pepperdine University, after which, she spent 21 years in the United States Marine Corp. She comes from a military family, and was recruited by her next-door neighbor, who is a retired four-star general and a descendant of a quartermaster general of the Union Army. During her time with the Marines, she earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Navy Achievement Medal and a Navy Commendation Medal.
Ms. Schneider is a member of the Women Marines Association, as well as a member and on the board of directors for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. After her retirement from the military, she also worked for the American Red Cross for 16 years in a variety of capacities. She hopes to continue contributing to the community in the near future.
When she is not working, Ms. Schneider enjoys playing golf, reading and traveling.
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