Member Spotlight: Marilyn Takahashi Fordney

Marilyn Takahashi FordneyTAA Member Marilyn Takahashi Fordney is the Director and Assistant Director of two nonprofit foundations and a recently retired textbook author in the medicine and medical assisting disciplines.

Her most recent publication is Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, 14th edition.

What are you currently working on?
I retired in 2017 after writing textbooks for two publishers from 1975 to 2017. I am director and assistant director of two nonprofit foundations. My textbooks were successful and helped create the two nonprofit foundations.

Share a recent accomplishment.
Fordney Foundation is dedicated to helping young ballroom dancers and recently we submitted articles to two publications, Dance Beat and Dance Week.

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
Keep well organized and promptly accomplish each task. Do not leave something for tomorrow.

What is your best TAA experience so far?
June 24, 2005, Inducted into the Council of Fellows by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association, Las Vegas, Nevada; April 3, 2004, William Holmes McGuffey Award in Life Sciences for Administrative Medical Assisting, 5th edition from Textbook and Academic Authors Association, St. Petersburg, Florida; June 7, 2003, TAA Texty Excellence Award for Medical Insurance Billing and Coding: An Essentials Worktext, 1st edition from Textbook and Academic Authors Association, Richmond, Virginia; and June 22, 2002, William Holmes McGuffey Award in Life Sciences for Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, 7th edition 25th anniversary from Textbook and Academic Authors Association, San Diego, California.

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