Two directors leave Sno-Valley Senior Center
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:24 PM
CARNATION In less than a month, two directors resigned
from the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation. One said he was asked to
step down, while the other said she transferred to another branch of
Director Jim Wolf and Assistant Director Dixie Neumann
announced last month that they will no longer be working at the center in Carnation.
Wolf's wife Barbara said that Terri Kimball, the deputy director and
chief operating officer of Senior Services, told him that "the board wanted
him to resign, so he agreed to resign."
For now, Joe and Barbara Wolf will pursue a small business
venture on the Internet.
"He needs time to get over this and he needs rest. We thought we'd
pull back and lick our wounds," Barbara Wolf said.
"We hope to still be active at the center, and he didn't want to hurt
those people," she added.
Barbara Wolf said that she believes the board's decision stemmed from
a controversy over fund-raising choices made by Wolf, and his efforts to
scale back the size of the center's newsletter.
Kimball declined to comment on Wolf's resignation, and Chris
Loutsis, the president of the Board of Advisors, did not return a phone call from
the Valley Record before press time.
Kimball did say, however, that "in any center - and I've supervised
senior centers for four years - there's always strong supporters and
strong detractors. They just deal with so many people."
She added, however, that Neumann's Sept. 27 resignation
letter did come as a surprise to her.
"Both Joe and Dixie are wonderful people; they both worked hard
for the center and they gave it a lot," Kimball said. "They are both
welcome to apply for any position at Senior Services."
Neumann, who has worked at the Senior Center for eight and a
half months, said she decided to transfer to the Mount Si Senior Center as
an outreach and transportation specialist. Even though she won't be working
in Carnation, Neumann said that she still plans to be active in the Lower
"I have gained new friends and I hope those are life-long friends
and I hope to continue those friendships," she said.
Currently, Kimball is filling in the positions vacated by Wolf
and Neumann. Senior Services hopes to find a permanent director in the
next several months, and has already formed a hiring team to handle
the application process.
"We need good leaders, people who can articulate a vision for the
center and work with the Board of Advisors," she said of prospective
candidates. "Someone who really enjoys working with seniors and
understands the issues of aging and really
knows how to motivate seniors."