Martha Gesme Nielsen


MarthaMartha grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA and graduated from Luther College in 1979. She is 100% Norwegian and 5 generations American. Her ancestors came from Valdres, Voss, Sogn and Telemark in the mid and late 1800s. This year Martha will celebrate 30 years working for SAS here in Chicago! As Sales Manager, her territory extends from Arizona and Texas in the south to Minnesota and Michigan in the north. Martha and her husband, Peter (originally from Denmark) have a daughter, Emma, who will be a sophmore at Iowa State University this fall.
Martha loves photography, baking, getting together with family and friends, reading and, of course, travel! Martha currently serves on the board of the NACC Midwest Chicago chapter, where she also served as President for two years and is on the Church Council at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, IL.


  1. a goodchoyce for the Norwgian of the year. Her anchestors come from the neighbouring farm of my anchestor in Luster Sogn Gunnbjorg Lavoll says:

    It is always fun to meet people with the same roots. Gunnbjorg Lavoll

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