Active Aging Program Administrator
Blue Earth, Brown, Nicollet, and Watonwan Counties
Mary was born and raised in Mankato MN. She became involved in nonprofit work after losing her sister to a battle with cancer. It inspired her to do something worthwhile and meaningful by volunteering for the American Cancer Society for the last 20 years. Mary has always wanted to work with older adults because she feels such a connection with them and her work with Catholic Charities as an Active Aging Program Administrator gave her the perfect opportunity to do both! Mary is happiest outdoors spending time with her husband and family while enjoying all the outdoors has to offer to your senses. Oh, and smothering her 2 grandchildren with kisses!
Active Aging Program Administrator Houston, Winona, Wabasha, Olmsted, and Goodhue Counties
Sue grew up on a healthy dose of Spam in Austin, Minnesota. While attending the College of St. Teresa in Winona, she fell in love with the city – and one of its citizens, Paul. She continued to work in her degreed field of music while staying home to raise 4 children. During her most rewarding job as mommy, Sue spent many hours volunteering in various capacities. These connections made her transition to Catholic Charities Active Aging Programs Administrator an easy one. “I am most energized when out of the office visiting with our partners and their amazing volunteers”, Sue reflected. Music continues to play an important role in her life as she teaches, provides music therapy and serves in worship ministry. A love for sewing, reading, word games, along with any time spent with her family round out what she considers a very blessed life.
Active Aging Program Administrator Steele, Rice, Dodge, Mower, and Fillmore Counties
Michael, a native of southeastern Minnesota, has lived abroad and in other areas of the country while traveling or attending college, but has called Minnesota home for the past number of years. His various experiences and degreed fields led him through careers in the fine arts, film-making, marketing, and non-profit work. The satisfaction he receives from helping others has him firmly planted working at Catholic Charities as an Administrator of Active Aging Programs. A quote posted in his office stating “What we do for someone may not change the world, but it will change the world for that one person” inspires him daily. In his spare time you will find him cruising down a winding road on his motorcycle, in the kitchen baking or cooking, spending time with family and friends, or doing something related to art or music.
Active Aging Program Administrator Le Sueur and Waseca Counties
Loretta has lived almost her entire life in Waseca County, so the community feels like extended family. Before becoming involved with Catholic Charities, Loretta served as program coordinator for Waseca Community Education for 27 years. In that position and in her current role as Active Aging Program Administrator, meeting new people and establishing connections for the greater good of the community are her priorities. Spending time with family, being Grandma to four, and dancing with her husband of 42 years bring her happiness.