Marta was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and completed her college education there. She was accredited by the board of education in Washington State. Coming from a developing world country with an American cultural and foundational influence gave her a sense of serving others.
In 1982 to 1985 she worked with the High School in Owatonna District, Minnesota trying to narrow the dropout list of students whose parents had migrated from Texas and Oklahoma. In 1994 she moved to Washington where she joined the First Steps Program, subcontracting Washington State Health Department / Department of Social and Health Services. The work involves reaching out to high-risk, pregnant women and their families. Her training and certifications include: Counseling, suicide, ethics, mindfulness, childhood trauma and alcohol and drugs.
In 2016, she took the Promoting First Relationship program which is a therapeutic parenting class, working with the population of Children and parents involved with Child Protective Services. Marta serves the Harbor Hope Center team by doing intakes and assessments for youth.