Jen Graham’s commute to work just got a lot easier.
The new Rogers Recreational and Facility Coordinator used to have to travel from her home in Coon Rapids through an entire metro area worth of traffic all the way down to Inver Grove Heights, where she worked 18 years for the city of Inver Grove Heights. “I get home at a reasonable hour,” she said. “I just find myself more focused.”
Her new Rogers office is located at the senior center, where she is the program director. She joined Rogers in September.
“It’s a strong senior program here,” she said. “I’m learning and it’s been fast and furious.”
She was pleased with the recent senior fair. “That’s one thing under my belt,” she said, adding that she wants to “keep the old but sprinkle in some new.”
Graham grew up in Grand Meadow in southeastern Minnesota. She and husband Nate have one daughter, Greta, a fifth-grader in Coon Rapids.
Graham said she’s been impressed with the vitality of the senior center. “You’d think most people at the senior center have lived here a long time, but there are so many who have been here less than six or seven years who moved to be closer to family, and they find a second family here at the center. Rogers has been so welcoming.”
Graham is excited to help direct bookings at the under-construction new Rogers banquet facility, which can accommodate up to 300 people. And the senior center keeps her busy.
“We offer field trips, and we’re looking to bring healthy mind and body programming and speakers,” she said. “I’m all ears for suggestions, whether to help with dementia care, or self care, or at the same time maybe a cooking class. We want to build on that.”
Recreational and Facilities Director Mike Bauer said Graham had just the right qualifications for the job.
“She has been able to step into the Recreation and Facilities Coordinator position without missing a beat in both the Senior Programing and facility coordination aspects of her position,” he said. “We are excited about the future of senior programing and the opening of the Event Center at Lions Central Park with Jen. When you see her around town, at the senior center, community room, or at the opening of the event center in spring 2020, please join me in welcoming her to the Rogers community!”
Outside from work, Graham and family like to enjoy camping, including a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. She’s also an assistant basketball coach for her daughter.
“Rogers has such a wonderful history,” she said. “We’re helping look out for fellow seniors, and they have each other’s backs.”