Valerie Ann (Lynch) Martin was born in Newport, RI and was a member of Trinity Church. Valerie married Michael Martin in Trinity Church in 1975. They moved to Tiverton RI in 1981 and attended Holy Trinity Church. Upon moving to Middletown in 1987, the Martin family with children Christine and Michael Jr. began attending Emmanuel Church as her sisters were then members at Emmanuel. She has stayed at Emmanuel since that time, even after moving to Bristol for 12 years and back to Tiverton in 2015.
Valerie has served on the Vestry in multiple roles over the years – Junior Warden, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Vestry at Large. She has served as the Chair of the Search Committee for a New Rector in 2009-2010, Co-chaired the Stewardship Committee, was a member of the Forever Emmanuel Steering Committee and Chaired the Special Events Committee. In the last few years Valerie has been a Counter and has continued in the role of Chair of the Emmanuel Scholarship committee. Valerie, along with her husband, sister and brother-in-law volunteered in running the kitchen for the annual Emmanuel Harvest Fair for many years.
Valerie is a retired board certified nurse executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives with over 36 years of management and leadership experience. She holds a Diploma in Nursing from Newport Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University, graduating summa cum laude, and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from UR.