Martha Regula Biography

Martha Regula is a native of Navarre, Ohio, but has spent most of her adult life living in, and seeing other parts of the country.  She brings 27 years experience in both public and private education and 16 years experience in librarianship to her position at the NFLL.

She was  awarded the Kent State School of Library Science Alumnus of the Year Award for her significant contributions to her profession.  She graduated at the top of her class from the Kent State School of Library Science and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Science Honor Society. 

After graduating with a bachelor of arts in Journalism with a minor in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, Martha moved to Tennessee, where she taught high school English for a number of years.  She then moved to Florida and taught both high school and middle school while continuing her education to get her elementary certification.

Having always wanted to live in the West, Martha moved to Colorado where she lived for 10 years.  She again taught at the high school level while pursuing further education in media and technology.   Looking for a new challenge, Martha applied for and was offered the position of district library director in Gilpin County, Colorado, where she had been teaching.  Embracing this career change, Martha decided to return to Ohio to earn her masters degree in Library Science.

While back in her home state, she was offered the position of Library Director at Western Reserve Academy, an elite private secondary school in Hudson, Ohio.   Martha remained at that position for 9 years and supervised the planning, construction and building of a 5-million dollar library during her tenure.

Martha’s decision to join the staff as Research Library Director at the National First Ladies’ Library was spurned by her interest in history and her desire to take on the challenge of being involved in a ground level project involving not only the history of First Ladies, but also the history of women’s rights and issues in America.

Martha is an active member of local, state, national, and international Library Associations, served on the Stark County Library Foundation Board and is involved in a variety of community activities. 

Here at the National First Ladies’ Library, Martha not only serves as the research librarian, but also administers and writes the website, writes grants, coordinates the online curriculum, conducts workshops for educators, works with schools and universities, and is chair of the scholarship committee.