Teresa started with the Senior Connection on February 8, 2016. Since she was a young child, she always cherished and adored her aging family members. She remembers, fondly, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s house (Gramma Too) which included visits from her great grandmother, Thea. With an interest in ancestry, she would look at the same family photo albums over and over with her Gramma to hear the stories of her relatives and Teresa would listen intently when her Great Grandma Thea would tell her the story of how she moved from Norway as a young teenager (all stemming from being made fun of at a school dance for having a cleft lip and reaching out to relatives living in the US to move here. Her parents made her follow-through on the inquiry and the rest is history).
Fast forward to 2009 when Teresa’s father was passing from cancer. After receiving the compassionate services from Hospice here and in Minnesota, the seed was planted that she wanted to work in the aged care industry. It took her 7 years to find the perfect job with the most beautiful and experienced people inside the doors of the Senior Connection. After 29 years with the YMCA, she found her “2nd Wind” career and her most purposeful and rewarding job to date. As the Executive Director, a big part of her job is to ensure adequate resources and funding to support our mission, program and services. This requires helping the community to understand the impact of our work and cultivating their engagement in time, talent and treasure.
Outside of work, Teresa has another full-time job which is being a mom to Lizzie (15) and Winston (12). She doesn’t miss an athletic event or performing arts performance. Last year, Lizzie and Winston won 1st place in the middle school talent show! Teresa has been married to her husband, Dave, for 15 years. Dave is co-owner of Clearwater Landscaping, who graciously takes care of the Senior Connection property during the summer months, pro bono. They also have three dogs, Teva, Goldie and Cruz. Cruz was adopted from a Mountain Humane visit to the Senior Connection’s Connection Club in December 2016.
Teresa’s favorite pastime is travelling. Her “happy places” are visiting Minnesota to spend time with her mom and the rest of her family and friends, heading to Island Park to spend time at the Lipman Family cabin, Sugarloaf, on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River and their annual family trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for Spring Break. She would rather have on running shoes or hockey skates then a dress and heels.
She often boosts she has the “best job in the world” and feels this way because of the staff, volunteers, members and clients of the Senior Connection. Some of her closet friendships were made in the walls of the center!