Martha grew up on a diversified farming operation in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Martha’s family settled early in Central California and that is where she raised her son, met her husband Jim Britell, and where one of her step-sons and his family still live. Jim’s family is from Utica, New York and he always dreamed of living in the Adirondacks, so when he retired for a second time, they moved to Malone. For a West-Coast girl who grew up in an Orange grove, it has come as a surprise how much Martha loves North Country winters.
Between them, Jim and Martha have three sons and two grandchildren. They love hiking in the Adirondacks, snowshoeing at the Malone Fish and Game Club, and fixing up their house in the Village of Malone.
Martha managed Malone’s SBA Women’s Business Center and the Franklin County Empire Zone; was a City Administrator and Councilor in the City of Port Orford, OR; and began her professional career as a Claims Processing Supervisor for the Social Security Administration. Before moving to Malone, Martha helped establish an interpretive museum in a historic coast guard station and supervised the renovation of village parks, including working with the local Chamber of Commerce to remodel their visitor center.
Volunteering in her community, Martha chaired the Village of Malone Efficiency Study Committee — based on whose work Malone residents voted to remain a village, and the Town and Village committed to expand shared services. She is a Past President of the Malone Rotary Cub, and as 2018-2019 Governor of Rotary District 7040, she is Rotary International’s senior official for 68 clubs in New York, Ontario, Québec and Nunavut.