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Current Class Feature: Mauri Martinez

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Mauri Martinez, originally from Mexico, has lived in Ottumwa for 18 years. Mauri is a Bilingual Domestic Violence Advocate with the Family Crisis Center. Mauri, who graduated from high school in Mexico, had her diploma revalidated to obtain her G.E.D. through Indian Hills Community College. Mauri earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Psychology at Buena Vista University and is currently working on her master’s degree at Drake University.

“I was invited to O.L.A. three times before I decided to apply! I like to help people in my community, but I am a little shy when thinking about public speaking,” Mauri shared. She is glad she decided to overcome her fear and apply. “I heard a lot of good things about the program and how some alumni have overcome some professional obstacles. Being part of O.L.A. is allowing me to do that. Developing my personal and professional leadership skills will help me achieve my goals in providing better service to those in need in our community.”

Analytical, Learner, Achiever, Arranger, and Includer top Mauri’s CliftonStrengths traits. “Learning about my strengths was not a surprise. I like to analyze things before doing anything and then make things happen. I do try to utilize these strengths in my personal life as well as in the professional field. My O.L.A. experience is helping me bring my strengths to the next level, and I like that,” said Mauri.

When asked which session day had been the most impactful to her, Marui couldn’t choose just one. Instead, she said, “every class has been full of great speakers and wonderful information. I appreciate that every class has allowed me to closely meet my classmates, professionals from different job fields. This has helped me create a new, greater network of great reso

Mauri is also active in the community. She is a Religious Education teacher at St. Mary of the Visitation, a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and is a volunteer translator for the Hispanic community, assisting with doctor’s appointments, court, and immigration hearings.