Fit & Strong! participants learn about the benefits of physical activity, how to manage arthritis, how to exercise safely, and how to develop and maintain a healthier, more active lifestyle – without pain.
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.
Mariah grew up in the Twin Cities suburb of Hugo, MN. While growing up, much of her time was spent in competitive dance, which grew in her a love of movement and healthy living. As an Exercise Science major at Winona State University, she participated in their collegiate dance team. This experience, while great for being involved in the university, taught Mariah that working with athletes was not where she wanted to spend her career. Her preference was being with active older adults. She found her perfect fit at Catholic Charities as the Active Aging Wellness Program Coordinator. This job is a combination of her two favorite things; exercise and older adults! To her, working in non profit means making a positive impact on someone’s life whether that is directly or indirectly. Mariah’s “Nana” taught her to have a zest for life at every stage. It is her hope to help those she works with capture that same energy and live life to their fullest.