Marianna joined KUA in 2008, having spent most of her career in higher education. She has been a language teacher, an administrator, and a grants researcher, but she most enjoys developing library collections and teaching library research skills to students and faculty. As the librarian for Germanic languages and literatures at Yale for five years, Marianna chaired national committees dealing with the acquisition of foreign-language materials for academic libraries.
Fluent in German and Danish, Marianna was raised in the Boston area and attended public schools in Brookline and the Noble and Greenough School. After receiving her BA from William Smith College, Marianna earned an MA in German from Middlebury and an MS in library and information science from Drexel University. Along the way, she lived and worked in a variety of places, establishing connections in Ithaca, Vienna, New Delhi, Berlin, and New Jersey. Marianna has had a lifelong interest in human and animal welfare and environmental conservation.
After a decade in Hanover, Marianna now lives in a 200-year-old farm house in Meriden with her husband Reinhart Sonnenburg, who is also an academic librarian, and their daughter Emma, a fifth-grader at Plainfield Elementary School. They enjoy traveling, bicycling, cross-country skiing, hiking with their dog, and kayaking. Marianna also sings and plays guitar.