Ohio native brings 30 years of experience working with seniors
Ann Adrian is coming a long way to work with the senior citizens of Lake Oswego, but she thinks she is going to like it here.
As the new manager of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, Adrian is bringing 30 years of service with seniors in her native Ohio, most recently 14 years as program director for Elderly United of Springfield, Ohio and Clark County.
While a true, blue Buckeye, Adrian has had her heart set on moving to the great Northwest ('It's so beautiful!') for a long time.
'When I saw the advertisement for this position on the National Council of Aging Web site, I immediately ap-plied,' Adrian indicated.
She was even more impressed after a visit to Lake Oswego.
'The professionalism and enthusiasm of the city staff was so impressive,' Adrian said. 'I met several of the senior clients and they were so sweet and dear.
'I met almost all of the staff at the center. I'm looking forward to spending time with them and learning how to add programs and help our seniors have more wonderful lives.'
While Adrian was impressed with Lake Oswego, the city staff was impressed with Adrian. She was chosen out of more than 100 candidates for the position.
'A couple of things really stood out about Ann,' said Kim Gilmer, director of the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. 'She is very personable and she has a lot of experience working with seniors. People will really enjoy working with her.
'I found her to be really friendly and a really strong manager. In her previous position she was responsible for all phases of management of the senior center.'
Of her nationwide search for an ACC manager, Gilmer said, 'There were a lot of really qualified people. Lake Oswego is a unique community with high expectations.
'We wanted someone who knows her stuff, who relates well with the community, who is dynamic and creative and a good communicator. I think we found her.'
Adrian replaces former center executive director Brenda Suteu, who resigned March 28.
As program director for Elderly United, Adrian helped frail, vulnerable senior citizens maintain independent living as long as possible with a variety of home-based programs, including respite, socialization and companionship.
As she settles in at the ACC, Adrian says she wants to promote a more positive view of senior citizens.
'I see at certain amount of 'ageism,'' Adrian said. 'Older people are no different than anyone else. They have a wide variety of abilities we don't acknowledge. I think many other countries have a greater appreciation of elder citizens.
'I am hoping to showcase the talents and skills of the senior citizens of Lake Oswego. My door will always be open for people with suggestions and advice.'
An ice cream social to introduce Adrian to the community is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the LOACC, 505 G. Ave. For questions, call 503-635-3758.