Blackford, Marlene Dotterer was born on September 14, 1953 in Paulding County, Ohio, United States. Daughter of John Andrew and Elizabeth Eileen (Bauman) Dotterer.
Diploma in nursing, Aultman Hospital School Nursing, 1975. Bachelor of science in nursing, University Akron, 1981. MSN, Case Western Reserve University, 1987.
Assistant director of nursing, St. Luke Lutheran Home, North Canton, Ohio., 1983-1984;
coordinator geriatric services, St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio., 1985-1988;
director geriatric services, Western Reserve Care System, Youngstown, Ohio., 1988-1989;
owner, consultant, Autumn Enterprises, North Canton, since 1989. Board directors Hartville Meadows.
Member American Nurses Association (chairperson gerontological nurse test development committee, past nominating committee, council gerontological nurses), Gerontological Society of America, American Society on Aging, Ohio Nurses Association (past chairman gerontological nursing practice assembly 1990, chairperson council on practice, past treasurer), Sigma Theta Tau.