Meet Helen Martin

“I am committed to helping the people of Tanzania help themselves.”

Board Member since 2016

Raised in Wisconsin

Trips taken with TDS to Tanzania: 2

Career: Clinical Instructor in Medical Surgical Nursing at Edgewood College

I earned my Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Psychology in 1972 at University of Wisconsin Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin. More recently, I completed a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, and in 2008, I completed a Masters Degree in Nursing Education at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

After a successful 18-year career at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, I retired from nursing in 2016. The last position I held was Clinical Nurse Specialist on a busy General Medicine inpatient unit. I still teach nursing for Edgewood College in the accelerated nursing program as a Clinical Instructor in Medical Surgical Nursing. I also stay active in the Wisconsin Nurses Association as a member of the Workforce Advocacy Council.

As a practicing Catholic in a small faith group, I was supportive of Father Leo Kazeri – a key TDS contact and community leader from Nyegina, Tanzania – and his faith community prior to my involvement with TDS. Our community continues to support Father Leo through TDS.

I have been a TDS supporter since it was formed in 2008, and I traveled to Tanzania in 2009 and 2013. (Hopefully I will travel to the country again soon!) I believe our mission of engaging the business community and the indigent population of Tanzanians in the Mara region by responding to Tanzanian community-identified priorities assures ownership and will provide lasting results long after we have completed our tasks. Given my special interest in the health career pathways and my relevant experience in healthcare, I believe I can offer the organization and Tanzanians expertise on health education.

“I feel privileged to be a part of this organization, and I am committed to future growth and success as we move forward with our book drive.”