Laurel has been in the higher education and the non-profit sector for 22 years. She has held administrative positions in the areas of student services and advancement at both private and public institutions. Additionally, Laurel served in the role of Executive Director of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Executive Office where she was responsible for a 501c3 organization that provided support to and services for 1,900 volunteers, 180,000 members, and a two million dollar operating budget. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Advancement at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Executive Director of the BCTC Foundation in Lexington, Kentucky.
As an adjunct professor, she has taught courses on Organizational Leadership, Business & Organizational Communication, Strategic Planning for Managers, Organizational Management, Gender Issues in Management, Group & Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Ethics. Professor Martin has made presentations at CASE conferences on a variety of advancement topics. She passed the CFRE in 2006.
Laurel earned her MEd in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa and her PhD in Leadership, Organization, and Policy from Vanderbilt University.