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Alsdorf and Neal take charge of CMC’s Senior Programs

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Mildred Alsdorf and Mickey Neal have been named as interim co-directors of Colorado Mountain College’s Senior Programs.Senior programs is the umbrella organization managing the Traveler, RSVP volunteer services, nutrition and other programs that support seniors in Garfield County.”Mildred and Mickey have been very actively involved with senior programs and have a great passion for services to seniors,” said Lin Stickler (formerly Claussen), the college’s executive vice president, in a news release. “Because they are so intimately involved with their communities and have been working closely with existing senior programs, I know they will do an extraordinary job.”Alsdorf has been a Glenwood Springs resident for more than 45 years, and worked for Garfield County for over 35 of those years. She served as the county’s elected clerk and recorder for nearly 30 years, until her retirement last January. She volunteers for numerous organizations, including Eastern Star, Eagles Auxiliary and Kiwanis, and is on the RSVP Advisory Board, CMC said in its announcement.For five years Neal has been a resident of Rifle, where she has been an active volunteer with the Grand River Hospital District. She has also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and has been vice-chair for the RSVP Advisory Board, and was recently accepted to the Garfield County Human Services Commission as a representative for the American Red Cross, according to CMC.Gwen Stephenson, who has directed CMC’s senior program for a year and a half, is leaving the Roaring Fork Valley to accept a position as executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Denver. “Gwen has been a wonderful asset to our community and will be missed,” Stickler said. “We know that she will continue to be a passionate voice for others, and we wish her well in her new endeavors.”This spring, a task force was formed to map out the best future for senior programs in Garfield County. It’s composed of representatives of the college, Garfield County, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, the Roaring Fork Transit Agency, RSVP Advisory Board and the Garfield Council on Aging.CMC had decided to no longer sponsor senior programs in Garfield County. CMC said previously there were perceived inequities about sponsoring senior programs with tax funds in Garfield County but not the other counties it serves.The task force has put out a request for proposals, and is now considering where to award a contract to research and present alternatives on how these programs can continue, and expand, to meet a need that is expected to grow.”We’ve been quite pleased with the discussions and problem solving within the task force, and I’m most optimistic the group will come up with strong, long-term solutions customized to our county for continuing and enhancing services to seniors,” Stickler said. “And I’m very pleased that Mildred and Mickey, with their energy and dedication to seniors, will play key roles during this transition.”Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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