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Name: Joi Martin

Age and place of birth: I am 43 and was born in Carlisle, Pa.

Family: I’ve been married 20 years to my high school sweetheart, Rich Martin, who is chief financial officer of Alpheus Communications. We have two wonderful children –daughter Emily is a sophomore at Westlake High School, and son Sam is a sixth-grader at West Ridge Middle School.

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Education: Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

Occupation: I’m a stay-at-home mom. I used to be a graphic designer and still use those skills in a lot of the volunteer work I do.

What’s your career ambition? To keep doing what I’m doing now. I love that I can be a mom and volunteer in my community. My dream is to also one day have my own baking business.

Civic or other nonprofit activities: I’ve volunteered a lot at my children’s schools through the years. Most recently, I was the games coordinator for the West Ridge Medieval Fest, and I’m in my second year serving on the Guidance Committee at WHS. Outside of school, I volunteer at Lifeworks, where I’ve been a designer for their Home Improvement Challenge and work on their Fund Development Committee. I also do volunteer work for Catholic Charities of Central Texas and last year was president of SEEDS, which is a family based support group for Catholic Charities.

What is the latest project in which you are involved? I am currently the decorations chair for the seventh annual Catholic Charities Benefit being held on April 14. We are very excited to have Lou Holtz as our speaker this year. He is a great Christian, motivational speaker who will surely have a message for everyone from teenagers to grandparents. I invite everyone in the community to come hear one of the greatest motivators in American sports history.

What is your favorite business in the Westbank? H-E-B – I seem to spend a lot of time there and always bump into at least one friend.

Hobbies: Gardening, baking, decorating.

My most humorous moment was: Our move to Texas. Our flight was cancelled, and we had minutes to catch a new one. Imagine running through the airport with two little kids, a dog and a cat. It was like a scene from a movie.

What qualities in people draw you to be their friend? Someone with a kind and giving heart and who can make me laugh.

I have a knack for: Throwing a party or organizing an event.

Most significant or interesting job: Being a mom – there’s never a dull moment, and you learn something new every day.

What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I am very competitive when it comes to sports. From when I played field hockey in college to a family game of tennis or golf on xbox kinect to my brackets on the NCAA basketball tournament, I like to win.

A bad habit I have is: My husband would say procrastination, but I think I work best under pressure.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Love with all your heart in everything you do.

Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: I’m the youngest (by many years) of five children and the first to go to college and move out of Pennsylvania. I do miss my family, but love the adventure I’ve been on.

Life’s most challenging endeavor is: Raising compassionate children. My parents are wonderful role models who are still volunteering even though they’re both in their 80s. I want to pass that love of generosity along to my children.

How would you like to be remembered? As someone with a kind and generous heart who made this world a better place.

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