Beth Nemec knew she wanted to work with seniors when she was in seventh grade, after an interview with her grandmother about the family tree. She founded AgeWell (now Lifesprk) eight years ago and loves making a difference in people's lives - from the client and their family to the Lifesprk team members. A favorite memory is from 2004, their very first year. The company started with five people who all wore many hats.
"That first year holds a very special place in my heart. There were lots of memories made that year - some that included tears, MOSTLY of joy and laughter!"
Asked what she sees as a challenge for those working in aging services, Beth said, "The ability to work together as a community to make change for people in the second half of their life. I believe it's our responsibility to educate seniors and their families on services and opportunities available to them. We need to find a solution that will allow them to maintain their independence, enjoy their life and avoid the health care crisis that so many seniors face. Aging should be honored and celebrated!"
Originally from New Brighton, Beth now lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her seventeen-year-old son, Charlie, and Dutchess (the kitty). She loves to read and play games (especially cards and Scrabble - she's a wee bit competitive!) and visits the cabin almost every weekend in the summer. Volunteering at church and at school, as well as watching football and lacrosse games, keeps her busy when she's not at work. Beth says she is blessed to be close (in relationship and proximity) to both of her sisters.
Now starting her first year as President of MASWA, Beth says, "I am looking forward to getting to know the new members of the board and understanding the needs of our members. The first activity will be to establish a user friendly website for our current and potential MASWA members and the board members who manage it."
She loves the connectivity MASWA provides for its members, and the education around senior related issues and resources in the community.
Welcome to the position of President of the MASWA Board, Beth!