Senior center seeks new leader

November 3, 2009

By Staff

Issaquah Valley Senior Center leaders will pick a new executive director in the next several weeks.The most recent executive director, Jan Koriath, stepped down Oct. 29 to take a position at a Nevada retirement center.

Carmen Llewellyn, vice president of the 11-member senior center board, said the center received more than a dozen applications for the director post. Llewellyn said board members would begin interviewing qualified candidates within the next few weeks. She described the ideal candidate as someone with good people skills and, hopefully, experience working with seniors.

Board members have not determined when the next director will be hired.

In the meantime, the center’s two office employees will oversee day-to-day operations. The center, in downtown Issaquah near City Hall, has about 700 paid members, Llewellyn said. Offerings from the center include fitness activities; health, nutrition and financial planning workshops; and outreach to homebound seniors.

Llewellyn lamented the departure of Koriath, who will serve as a recreation director at a Nevada retirement center in Spanish Springs, northeast of Reno. Koriath served as director of the Issaquah center for three years.

“We wanted her to stay forever,” Llewellyn said.

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