REVIEWS FROM MEMBERS' EXPERIENCES ⚜️
Many participants, who first come out of curiosity, discover a pleasant atmosphere in which they enjoy new friendships and develop new skills. They love to take part in a variety of social gatherings and travel opportunities sometimes offered to members. Some comments are:
"A new purpose for living" "A reduced fear of aging" "Looking forward to each new class"
"An avenue of personal discovery and adventure" "A renewed feeling of usefulness and being needed"
"Loving the classes, enjoy meeting new people. This is great program for retired and/or single adults."
Executive Director - Scott Wallace
Scott began serving as the director in February 2022. He is enthusiastic and looks forward to helping the People Program recover from the impact of COVID-19. His two primary goals are to establish an online registration process and to grow the number of program participants. He believes that People Program's Zoom classes have the capability of serving many seniors throughout the country.
He spent the past five years as the Development Director at Saint Joseph Abbey on the Northshore. From that experience, he understands how important it is to expand the pool of participants and to strive for growth.
Scott and his wife Donna have been married 26 years and have two grown sons. They enjoy biking in their neighborhood and weekend hikes.
Program Coordinator (Lakeshore) - Jan Martino
Jan is a native New Orleanian whose education was impacted by the Sisters of St. Joseph from first grade through high school. After graduating from Loyola University, Jan taught in the secondary school sector for 5 years at Archbishop Shaw High School.
She has been in the direct selling industry for 40 years and has served as Assistant Director for People Program from 2008 to 2021.
Jan has been married for 47 years and has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. She is committed to the Congregation of St. Joseph’s charism of unity and inclusive love. The People Program community is forever in her heart.
Program Coordinator (Westbank) - Phyllis Waiters
Phyllis serves as People Program's Westbank Coordinator -- engaging students, instructors and the community where she has lived for the last 15 years.
Prior to People Program, she worked in the customer service field for both banking and communications for over 40+ years. She is known for her expertise in presenting to groups, which is enhanced by her friendly nature.
Phyllis has a deep appreciation for community service and volunteerism. After her initial retirement, she decided to make "service to others" a major part of her Christian life.
Originally from Charlotte, N.C., she has 3 daughters, and 2 granddaughters. She is thrilled and ecstatic to be a part of People Program's family!