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Clay Counts Welcomes New Community Mobilizer


The Clay Counts Coalition is proud to introduce a new addition to the leadership team. Lori Martin will be serving in the newly created Community Mobilizer position. In this capacity, Lori will be the pulse behind the Clay Counts prevention initiatives to raise awareness regarding underage alcohol and drug abuse as well as mental health issues that face our students today.


Lori has been a member of the Clay Center Community for four decades. During this time, she has served as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in the Clay County, Riley County, and Manhattan School districts. Some may even remember her from her work as the manager of the Clay Center Swimming Pool and founder of the Tiger Sharks Swim Club.


Through her work in education, Martin had the opportunity to write and administrate grants, work with diverse populations, and coordinate countless community initiatives. Her participation in the Flint Hills Leadership program, and service as president of the board for University for Man and the United Way Resource Council allowed Martin to increase her scope of service in the Manhattan community. She is now eager to continue this service and work toward her personal mission of enhancing the quality of life for others through her work with the Clay Counts Coalition.


When not at work, Martin enjoys what she views as her most important role as the wife of Brian Martin, mom of Laurel Affolter, Annie Hanson, and Allie Martin, and “Mimi” to Bronson and Maddox Affolter. When asked what inspired her to become of service to the Clay Counts Coalition, Martin shared “This is the community where Brian and I have lived, raised our children and now look forward to watching our grandchildren grow and thrive. In my retirement, I am eager to reconnect with the Clay Center community and work to make this an even better place to call home!”

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