Ryan Rockey began her new role as Senior Center director Monday, March 4.
She will be coordinating activities at the Community Center in Clintonville.
“I worked at Dellwood Early Learning Center for about eight years,” said Rockey. “I did a lot with the nutrition aspect at Dellwood, and became familiar with many of the paperwork and procedures utilized within the CAP Services Head-Start Program. I was looking to branch out, and I found out about this position at just the right time. The hours, flexibility, and pay were all positives for me.”
That experience will prove valuable in her position as Senior Center Director.
“I have my Serve Safe certification, and I understand the importance of tracking the number of patrons we serve at our facility as well as through our Meals on Wheels deliveries,” she explained.
Rockey said she hopes to fine-tune a few of the programs at the Community Center, while bringing some fresh, new ideas as well.
“I have asked our patrons to share their ideas with me so that we can present programs that are of value to them,” said Rockey. “I am hoping that we can start a community garden in the future, because I believe our patrons would enjoy it. I want to be able to offer events and activities that they support and enjoy.”
A “meet and greet” event is being organized so that community members can check out the programs offered at the Community Center and get to know the new director. A specific date and time for this event has not yet been confirmed.
“I am looking forward to getting to know everyone,” Rockey said. “I want to branch out and work with our current volunteers while actively seeking more volunteers. We are always looking for help in the kitchen and with the Meals on Wheels program. The volunteers really help us run a smooth operation, and without them, many of our programs and offerings would not be possible.”
Rockey, who was born and raised in Clintonville, resides in the city with her boyfriend, 12-year-old daughter, and 3-year-old son.