Brown, Martha: Counselor, Coordinator and Dean (In Memoriam)

Martha Brown was hired Counselor for Deaf Students in September 1991 and went on to serve as Coordinator of Disabled Student Programs and Services and then Dean of the Counseling Division.  Martha retired in July 2010, after nearly 20 years of dedicated and accomplished service.  Upon retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.

Martha came to Ohlone with significant experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation and this experience was put to very good use at Ohlone.  Her influence raised awareness of students with special needs and help direct resources to assist students with disabilities of all types.  Martha taught and counseled a wide range of students, including deaf, learning disabled and many life-long learners while maintaining the highest professional standards.

Her administrative skills and leadership ability led her to become a successful manager.  After working as Counselor for Deaf Students for 13 years, Martha became the Coordinator of the Disabled Student Program and Services for the 2004-05 academic year.  She then was hired as Dean of the Counseling Division in September 2005 and provided tireless leadership to the Counseling Department, Matriculation Support Services, the Disabled Student Program and Services, the Workability III program, the One-Stop Center, and the Tech Prep Program and was instrumental in developing a strong Student Services Division to support students at Ohlone College.

Martha served her colleagues and the College community with distinction on many campus-wide committees including the College Council, Faculty Senate, the International Education Committee, and co-chair of the Basic Skills Coordination Team and numerous other committees and task forces.

For 20 years Martha inspired colleague, sharing her wealth of knowledge as a teacher, counselor, educational administrator as well as her wit and good humor.  She was passionate about her work and service to students.  Her sensitivity to the needs of students was admired by all who worked with her.  Martha mentored many of the current leaders in Student Services at Ohlone and her legacy lives on in them.