Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Adale M. Martin, Chair
Elected to the Board: July 1, 2018
Term Expires: June 30, 2024
Ms. Adale M. Martin grew up in northeastern Ohio. She has a BA in French and International Studies from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Louisiana State University (LSU) and is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Old Dominion University with a specialization in Collaboration and International Security policy areas.
She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector with a focus on professional development and training. She started her career at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in the Education, Science, and Publications Department, where she coordinated continuing medical education training and scientific programs for oncologists and researchers worldwide. As the Assistant Manager of Operations and Planning at the LSU, National Center for Biomedical Research & Training, Academy of Counter-terrorist Education, she managed training and curriculum development for Emergency Responders and SWAT teams across the U.S. and its territories. Currently, Ms. Martin is the Executive Director of the Slover Library Foundation.
Mrs. Martin has served on the Norfolk Jury Commission and the Naval Station Norfolk Centennial Commission. As a Commissioner on the Norfolk Poverty Reduction Committee, she served on the Youth Education and Career Pathways committee. She is an advocate and fundraiser in support of CHKD as a member of The King’s Daughters Communications Committee, Past President of the Magnolia Circle, and the Founder and Chairman of the annual Magnolia Circle Dragon Boat Race Fundraiser.
Ms. Martin brings first-hand knowledge of the school system to the table as a mother of two elementary aged children enrolled in Norfolk Public Schools. Adale’s husband, Roy, and their oldest son were each born with profound hearing loss. Ensuring access to resources for children with special needs is a key concern. Adale is an advocate for children living with hearing impairment and provides guidance to parents/guardians so that they know their rights and understand the processes.