Martha is one of the co-founders of International Hearing Dog, Inc. Martha was involved in the four-year pilot study that started in 1979 that gave birth to IHDI and she has served as hearing dog trainer, placement trainer, Director of Training and Executive Director. She has received several awards including the Colorado Lions Foundation's Humanitarian Award for extraordinary devotion and integrity in building IHDI.; Who’s Who of Cambridge; the Center of Hearing, Speech, and Language in Denver's prestigious award for Excellence in Communication; the Denver Business Journal's Family Business Award for community service; Front Range Charter Chapter of America Business Women’s Association's certificate in appreciation; and the Delta Society's Distinguished Service Award. Martha helped with establishing hearing dog programs in Australia, Japan, and Norway. Martha retired from Executive Director in 2005, handing the program over to her daughter, Valerie Foss-Brugger. Martha continues to stay involved with the program and consult with the staff.