Martha is a native Freeporter and a 1980 graduate of Freeport High School. She received her BA from Yale University and her MBA from Northwestern University. She returned to Freeport in 1996 to work at Furst McNess Company, where she served as Vice President, CEO, and Vice Chairman over 25 years. She retired from McNess in 2021.
Martha is currently Vice President of the Freeport School District #145 Board of Education. She currently serves on the Finance and Equity Committees. She has participated as a delegate in the Illinois School Board Association’s annual assembly. Martha is the fourth generation of her family to serve on the FSD #145 Board of Education.
Martha has worked with a number of other community organizations, including Grace Episcopal Church, Boys and Girls Club of Stephenson County, and City of Freeport Water and Sewer Commission.
She currently tutors and mentors at Blackhawk Grade School. She also has had a Little Sister who she was paired with eight years ago through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
My priorities for this position are: