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September 25, 2013

YWCA hires new director

CLINTON — The YWCA has filled its executive director position with one of their own.

Shannon Sander-Welzien, who has served as marketing director for almost five years at the YWCA, will fill the post formerly held by Lori Freudenberg, who is now with the Sisters of St. Francis.

The search committee, consisting of Claudia Clarkson, Heather Farwell, Christine Grant, Nancy Houzenga, Mardell Mommsen, Patti Robinson, Tracy Reynolds, David Sivright and Nathan Sondgeroth, narrowed down the search to Sander-Welzien.

YWCA Board of Directors Co-President Jennifer Graf said Sander-Welzien rose to the top through an exhaustive nationwide search.

“We are excited to see the new direction and perspective she will bring, while assuring our membership needs are met and exceeded,” Graf said.

Sander-Welzien received her undergraduate degree in business/marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, with a minor in Women Studies. A life-long resident of Clinton, she began her affiliation with the YWCA as a certified fitness instructor and member of the Marketing committee and Health and Wellness committee in 2005.

She formerly worked in the financial services industry for 11 years with Williams Financial Group. She is a member of the Martin Luther King Celebration committee, Clinton Peace Coalition, Clinton Half Marathon committee, Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, Let’s Live Healthy, Clinton! committee, YWCA Racial Justice committee, YWCA Women’s Empowerment committee, YWCA Marketing committee, YWCA Health and Wellness committee, Whittier PTA, and Clinton Schools Diversity committee.

“I am truly honored to be selected, and to be a part of the history of the YWCA, a long line of women that have made this organization a viable, respected organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice freedom and dignity for all,” Sander-Welzien said. “We have a great team of staff and board members.”

She and her husband Jeff have three children, Owen, Ella, and Ty.

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