STC raised more than $65,500 and honored founding board member and community leader Lois Goodman with about 190 family members, colleagues and friends at Acacia Reservation Clubhouse. WKYC-TV anchor Russ Mitchell emceed. Thank you to Honorary co-chairs and sponsors Audrey & Albert Ratner; lead sponsors Milton & Tamar Maltz and others. Proceeds will name a bus in Lois’ honor. Photos from the event appear on our Facebook page.
CLEVELAND – January 18, 2017 – The Senior Transportation Connection (STC) Board of Directors welcomed Mary McNamara to the board at its January 18, 2017 meeting. Mary was sworn in to her position as Director of Aging for the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank G. Jackson in December.
“Mary McNamara is a long time public servant who has worked in the Office of Aging for over eight years,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Her experience and commitment to seniors and the disabled will serve her and the City well in this new role.”
Director McNamara is a licensed social worker who has worked in the department since 2008 as a Project Coordinator and Administrative Manager. As director, she leads a dynamic and passionate team that is committed to making Cleveland more “Age Friendly.” This includes oversight of the department’s home repair and maintenance services, social services, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, safety programs, Age Friendly Initiatives and special events.
STC executive director Janice Dzigiel remarked “Mary is experienced, knowledgeable and has great compassion for seniors and the challenges they face. Our board looks forward to her input.” Cleveland seniors make up about 24 percent of STC’s annual trip volume, primarily to access medical care. Janice added “Mary represents an important constituency that relies upon STC to maintain their health.”
The resident of Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood is a board member for Abington Arms University Circle Housing and Amani Children’s Foundation; a committee member for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA). She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Management Academy through Cleveland State University.
Prior to the City of Cleveland, she was the Director of Wellness Programs for Fairhill Partners and worked for several faith-based nonprofits. She holds an Independent Social Worker License with supervision designation from the State of Ohio. In 2016, she was named one of the 100 Centennial Alumni Award winners from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.