Sue Martino, 64, was born and raised in New York City. In the mid-70s, she DJed at La Femme (later De Ja Vu), one of the first women’s bars in NYC. Coming out was not difficult for Martino and her family had no problem with having a lesbian in the family.

“I am married to Maggie Martino, my soul mate,” she said. “We have been together for 13 years. She is hotel manager of AQUA hotel at North Beach Village." 

Martino became a successful realtor in both the New York and South Florida markets.  She came to Florida in 2006 to take advantage of the real estate opportunities and someone introduced her to The Pet Project for Pets. 

“I soon realized that this was my calling,” she said. “In truth I have never done anything more rewarding than the work I do at the Pet Project for Pets. It not only saves the pets but it also saves the people too.”

As executive director Martino hopes to grow the nonprofit to national status.  A second warehouse in Deland and interest from pet food manufacturers give her hope going forward. 

 — Donald Cavanaugh


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