Our Team Members:
MEET THE FOUNDER, MARTHA J. BROWN
Martha graduated from the University of Chicago in 1976 with a Master’s degree in Gerontological Social Work (MSW). Her work history includes: Johnston R. Bowman Geriatric Rehab Hospital in Chicago; Consultant for the Pan American Health Organization to the Mexican Government – Ministry of Health; Director of the Foster Grandparent Program in El Paso, Texas; and clinical supervisor of a hospital based geriatric care management program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Her interest in aging began long before her formal training. Since young childhood, she grew up spending most weekends and holidays with elderly relatives, and volunteered through junior high and high school visiting elders in the county nursing home. She has always felt it a privilege to learn from and serve older people.
Martha received her credentials as a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) from the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners in 1990 and began her own geriatric care management business in 1994. In 2005, Martha became a National Certified Guardian (NCG) with the National Guardianship Association (NGA). From 2005 to 2011, she served on the Board of the Western Region Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (WRGCM), which represents 13 states. She was the Co-Chair of the 2007 Western Region Chapter Annual Conference of the NAPGCM. In recognition of her “dedicated and devoted service to furthering the profession”, she was awarded the “2007 Outstanding Chapter Member Award” by the Western Regional Chapter of the NAPGCM. Since 2007, she has served on the Board of the New Mexico Guardianship Association. In 2008, she became a Certified Advanced Social Work Care Manager of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She co-chaired the 2010 Annual Conference of the NAPGCM, which was held in Albuquerque. She was also on the planning committee of the National Guardianship Association Colloquium which was held in Albuquerque 2012.
Martha has participated in several initiatives aimed at educating the community about the issues of aging. As part of this effort, she has conducted workshops and given presentations for professionals, families, churches and health care organizations as well as presented at local, national and international conferences.
Her professional memberships include: