Celeste Wyatt 

Program Director
Celeste is a stay at home mom who turned her hobby into a business. Celeste works with several mediums including fiber arts, candy making, baking, as well as wreath making. Celeste sells her work on an individual basis throughout the community (cottage craft sales) and has experience teaching all age groups from the youngest Cub Scout to senior citizens. She also oversees our Lunch with Friends program and schedules all our program events.

 


Are you interested in applying to the SCSEP program?
Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system. SCSEP grantees include state agencies and 15 national non-profit organizations. For more information on SCSEP programs in your area, call the toll-free Help Line at 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627).

Renea Larue

Development Director

Renea is a PA transplant and has been here in TN for over 3 years now. She was Associate to the VP of Advancement at Hiwassee College where she was also the Alumni Director. She is also a dance instructor with Salt and Light Dance Studios in Sweetwater. She looks forward to working with the community of Athens. She will be writing grants, fundraising and monitoring social media for the center.

The McMinn Senior Activity Center helps seniors find work, develop new skills and talents, and build their financial security by utilizing the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP is an on-the-job training and employment program designed to help those aged 55 and older update their jobs skills, build work experience and confidence, and achieve economic security and well-being.



Shirley Dingess

After Hours Special Events Coordinator

Shirley has worked since 2008 and despite having both knees replaced she is not only the Centers After Hours Events Coordinator she dedicates her time as a volunteer with Caris Hospice and also plays the piano for residents at area nursing homes.  Prior to working at the Senior Center Shirley taught music at Englewood Elementary.



Tina South

Executive Director

Tina returned to the Senior Activity Center as Executive Director in October of 2015 after working as the Activity and Program Director. Tina manages all day to day operations of the Center and guides the over all goals, fostering teamwork with the staff and hundreds.

Senior Center SCSEP Front Office staff  Christine Lowery and Linda Smith.


The Staff at the McMinn Senior Activity Center is dedicated to serving older adults in McMinn County and East Tennessee.

Our Staff

Yola Arrington

Home Delivered

​Meals Coordinator

Yola works with hundreds of volunteers and coordinates all the routes to ensures that nutricious meals are delivered daily to the homebound. She also leads several workshops

and programs for the Center's seniors.

SCSEP

Senior Community Service Employment Program

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