Marty Norman M.Ed. is a licensed therapist, workshop trainer, inspirational speaker, mother of two sons, and grandmother of five. She is a founding member of the First Grandmother's Club, an organization dedicated to serving underprivileged children through volunteerism, donations and projects. She is also co-founder of Grandmother Connections, an educational partnership that offers grand parenting seminars at TCU and small groups.
Marty worked ten years as a therapist in private practice, as well as a counselor and volunteer for family service non-profit organizations such as The Parenting Center and The Women's Center. Her specialties include women's issues, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, grief issues, and play therapy for children. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Ed. from Texas Women's University.
In addition, Marty is a freelance writer. Her first book "Generation G - Advice For Savvy Grandmothers Who Will Never Grow Gray" was published in March 2008. She has also published human interest and personality profile articles for "Aura Magazine", "Fort Worth Magazine", and "Fort Worth Woman Magazine". She has worked as a lecturer, trainer and publicity director for the Tarrant Council On Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and has taught seminars on family dynamics to local women's groups. She co-introduced Project Charlie, a drug prevention curriculum for 5th graders into the FWISD.
Marty currently serves on the Board of the Episcopal Center for Renewal. Following a mission trip to Malawi, Central Africa, she has become involved in the Orphan Project, Famine Relief, and the Cursillo and Happening programs which help fund the physical and spiritual needs of the people of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi. Her hobbies include grandchildren, hiking, gardening, reading, writing, oil painting and bridge. To learn more about grandmothers visit her blog http://savvygrandmothers.blogspot.com. To learn more about the journey of her book http://martynorman.blogspot.com.