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Denise Quarles, former administrator with the Michigan Department of Corrections and current international director of Zonta, will speak at Olivet College Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium (400 East St., Olivet). The event, featured as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming, is free and open to the public.

Quarles will speak on the topic of improving the lives of women. She currently serves as international director of Zonta, a worldwide service organization with the mission to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Quarles is a retired criminal justice executive who worked for 31 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections. She held various executive level positions, providing her with broad and extensive operational experience involving management of large, complex operations with very large numbers of employees, budget preparation and oversight, policy and procedure development, establishment of rehabilitative programs and addressing complex issues. Some of the positions she held were regional prisons administrator, in which she supervised the wardens of 17 prisons; warden of several prisons; and deputy director of field services, which involved administering probation, parole and halfway house services throughout the state of Michigan.

Other civic involvement includes her current membership on the board of End Violent Encounters (EVE), an organization that provides shelter and other services for victims of domestic violence in the Lansing area. She previously served four terms as president of the board of EVE.  She is also a member of the board of the Michigan Women Studies Association, which oversees the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

For more information on the event, call 269.749.7172 or visit www.olivetcollege.edu.