March 18, 2021 – The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) is pleased to announce two new members to their Board of Directors, Kathleen Preuss and Pam Radunz.
Kathleen Preuss is a member and resident of the Upper Sioux Community Dakota Tribe of Minnesota and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe of South Dakota. Preuss is currently the Social Service Director at the Upper Sioux Community and has previously worked as a police officer and has worked with ClearWay of Minnesota. She has been a volunteer with Hurt No More Children’s Program, PATHWAYS Sexual Assault Program and PACT for Families.
When asked about her area of concern relating to older adults, Preuss stated that she wants to ensure “needs are being met in a culturally sensitive manner.” Preuss has started an adult language class in hopes of keeping the Native Dakota language alive.
Pam Radunz is the Resident Services Director at Harmony River Living Center and is a resident of Hutchinson. Radunz holds a Master of Science in Gerontology from Saint Cloud State University, a certified Independent Trainer for Dementia through Positive Approach, LLC, and a certified Teepa Snow trainer on Dementia. She has been an integral part of numerous committees, such as, Well Being at Work Wellness (consortium for McLeod, Meeker, and Sibley Counties), Meeker County Fair Board, Meeker Area Care Connections, and McLeod County Senior Providers.
“I have a passion for older people that I have grown and developed all my life,” said Radunz when asked why she was interested in joining MNRAAA.
“MNRAAA is fortunate to have such talented, motivated and caring individuals in our area to serve on our board. Kat and Pam both bring unique experiences that will assist us in shaping our future efforts around aging,” stated Jason W. Swanson, Executive Director.
“As the MNRAAA Board of Directors fills two vacancies due to retirements from the board, we are so very pleased to announce the addition of our two newest members. The MNRAAA board is well positioned to continue to support programs focused on the support of all older adults in Southwestern Minnesota,” stated Robert Roesler, Board Chair.