Holiday Spotlight: Whitney Martino

Whitney Martino is a longtime Columbia County resident and a recruiter for an international biotechnology company.

She’s something of a professional matchmaker, and says her favorite part of the job is connecting people with the right job for their skills and personality.

Whitney married the love of her life in 2014, and she and her husband have two sons. This is her holiday Q-and-A:

What kinds of gifts do you plan to give this year?

“I like giving practical gifts, the kinds of things people will actually use. Things like a rain jacket or a set of flannel sheets that will last and be durable. I’m not into disposable gifts.”

What kinds of gifts would you like to receive?

“I’m not a materialistic person, so I hope for gifts that come from the heart. Like with the kinds of gifts I want to give, I like things that are useful and that will last. A piece of jewelry from my mom’s collection would mean the world to me.

What is the most memorable gift you have received?

“Years ago, my father (who has since passed away) gave me a locket necklace in the shape of a Claddagh. His mother had a necklace like that and he knew I liked it so he got me one for myself. I hadn’t asked for it, and if you knew my dad, you would know that it wasn’t always his style to give such a thoughtful gift, so this one is very special to me.”

Is there a charity you would like to highlight?

“Yes, I would love for more people to know about Comfort Cases. They provide suitcases or backpacks to kids in foster care, stocked with items for the kids to call their own. One of the founders has a history in foster care and would find himself taking his belongings from one home to another in a plastic bag, so this organization was created to change that.”

What is your wish for the new year?

“It might sound a little cheesy, but really the thing I want the most is for my family to be happy and healthy in the upcoming year.”

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