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MARSHALL – For the second year in a row, Katie Brusven has an opportunity for career advancement.

After working for a year as a part-time program specialist at Marshall’s Adult Community Center, she was promoted to full-time coordinator. She will move into the role of coordinator on September 15.

Brusven replaces Barb Lipinski, who will be retiring after nearly 30 years as coordinator. A farewell reception on September 16 is planned.

Brusven said she chose to become a program specialist a year ago because of how people-focused work it is. She has previous experience working in a nursing home, with people with disabilities, with preschoolers and in chemical dependency services.

” I like helping people, “ Brusven said. “It’s rewarding when I can help create opportunities. I have experienced many of these moments over the past year.

She applied to become a coordinator to strengthen her role at ACC. She was interested in advancing to full-time employment.

“I was planning to be full time at something,” she says. “When Barb decided to retire, it made sense for me to apply. I love what I do. The people are the best part.

To prepare for her new role, she visited Boulder Estates, Hill Street Place and Heritage Pointe to learn more about what each of them offers residents.

She also learned card games so she could fill foursomes when needed. She already knows Pepper, 500 and Ponytail Canasta. She will also learn bridge, Pinochle and Bean.

She said program planning will be based on the need to provide a wide variety of opportunities for ACC members while avoiding duplication with other facilities.

She added that marketing will also be an important part of her job. The annual membership campaign will begin in October.

“I will work to make sure the public is aware of what we are offering,” Brusven said. “It involves looking for ways to be visible in the community and to meet more people.”

She said the ACC is known for its low membership fee of $15 per year. In return, members can participate in as many different CCA activities as they wish.

“It all depends on what works for each individual,” she says. “We have members who are here almost every day and others who come about once a month. We encourage everyone to participate at the level they wish.

Marshall’s director of community services Scott VanDerMillen, who was on the ACC coordinator interview panel, said Brusven stood out among the applicants for several reasons.

“Katie has a proven track record of working there, and we liked how she demonstrated her organizational skills and developing creative programming,” says VanDerMillen. “We look forward to his leadership in serving our seniors.”

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Jill E. Washington