Rev. Dr. Marlene L. Garland-Hill, PH, ACHE, CNE, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Marlene L. Garland Agency, Inc., D.B.A. Garland-Hill Agency, Inc. and Real Estate Broker of Marlene L. Garland-Hill Realty, Inc. She is also the President of God’s Haven, a 501C3 founded to address the needs of Domestic Violence victims. She is the published author of “Slavery and Christianity, the Untold Story” and is working on additional books and documentaries. She is also an international public and motivational speaker.
Dr. Garland-Hill is an Associate Minister at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Charles G. Adams. As a conscientious and compassionate servant of God and Entrepreneur, she strives to provide opportunities for others.
Her mission and ministries are to continuously serve the church and communities at home and in Africa. Knowing that she has a responsibility to God, herself, and others to succeed keeps her energized yet humble. Dr. Garland-Hill served as the Michigan host for the current and previous South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo and Consul General Nomvume Pearl Magaqa respectively. She was responsible for setting up meetings with Government, Educational, Medical, Business, and Community Leaders. Bringing them together to discuss ways to assist businesses with growth and civic and community responsibilities world-wide. Her goal is to build bridges between communities at home and abroad.
The Garland-Hill Agency, Inc. is a Woman/Minority Owned Business. As an Employee Benefits Specialist, she assists owners of companies, risk managers, benefits decision makers, government agencies, and unions with providing employee benefit programs, cost saving options, and solutions. Designing and implementing cost containment and effective benefit programs to meet the needs of the ever-changing work force is one of her greatest challenges and rewards. Providing good customer service is her primary focus, which assist with developing lasting business relationships. Superior customer service has resulted in repeat business, referrals, and gaining a positive reputation in the Insurance, and Real Estate industries.
Dr. Garland-Hill has over 31 years of experience as a Real Estate professional. As a Real Estate Broker since 1990, she assists sellers and buyers with their Residential and Commercial Real Estate needs. Her optimum accountability and steadfast attention-to-detail assist with making each transaction as streamlined and enjoyable as possible.
Dr. Garland-Hill delivered the opening and closing prayers and remarks in July 2011 and 2009 during the Opening Ceremony of the Pan African Festival of Theatre and Arts, (Panafest) and Emancipation Day Celebrations in Accra and Cape Coast Ghana. She also delivered the opening and closing prayers and remarks in 2009 at the W.E.B. Dubois Center, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in the presence of His Excellency, Vice President John Dramani Mahama, and at the Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles. The Akyempimhene, Oheneba Adusei Poku, is the eldest son of the Late King Opoku Ware II of the Asante Tribe. The Akyempimhene Poku gave Rev. Dr. Hill her Ghanaian name. A great honor was bestowed on her with the name, “Nana Afia Nyamekye Obatanpa II”.
Dr. Garland-Hill is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, ACHE. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women, NAPW. Dr. Garland-Hill also served on the Governor Grandholm’ Minority Business Leaders Council from 2006-2007. Dr. Garland-Hill was an “Against All Odds-Lighting The Way” Honoree for her work in literature by the African Women Economic Consortium, (AWAC). Dr. Garland-Hill was named by the Contracting Association (BWCA) as the Best Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2006. She was named as one of NAWBO’s Top 10 Michigan Women Business Owners of Distinction for 2003. She is also a member of Who’s Who. Dr. Garland Hill was Named as, “100 of the Region’s Top Emerging Business Leaders” by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce during its 100th Anniversary.