Jo Linda Martinez
Following her father’s example, Manuel Jara, Jo Linda J. Martínez has sought to be a servant leader as an advocate, teacher, and mentor to thousands of youth. She has served them throughout her adult life as a campfire leader, den mother, religious education teacher, classroom teacher, and as the founder of the leadership program Hispanic Youth Promoting Excellence (HYPE) that expanded to many programs under the umbrella name of Absolute Xcellence. By vocation, Jo Linda was a teacher until her retirement in 2008. She is a product of FWISD and earned a B.A. from Texas Wesleyan University.
Jo Linda now serves as the co-chair of the American Association of UniversityWomen Sister-to-Sister Summit, president of the Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and board member of MACE.
Jo Linda spends most of her time enjoying and caring for her family - husband, Jesse P. Martinez; son, Manuel; three daughters, Mari Gonzales, Mónica Gonzalez, and Melinda Martínez; ten beautiful grandchildren and the matriarch of them all, her mother, Jacinta Jara.