The Active Age’s newest board member brings with her a varied business background and love of learning.
Patti Sullivan was voted onto the board during its September meeting. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University.
A Wichita resident for over 30 years, Sullivan said that whenever she and her husband thought about moving to a warmer climate, they never found a location enticing enough to relocate. “I suspect this came as a result of the comfortable life we found here and the many memories and friends we acquired over the years,” she said.
During her time in Wichita, Sullivan has worked in aircraft manufacturing, civil construction, hotel development and high technology, focusing on everything from sales and operations to education and human resources. “I will always be grateful to these employers for the many educational opportunities to grow and develop that were offered to me over the years,” she said.
Sullivan is active in the Retired Officers Wives and belongs to Kappa Kappa Gamma. But as a retiree, she missed the everyday challenges of the business world and knew she needed to find new learning opportunities. “On one fine day, I picked up The Active Age and read about the Continuing Education program at Wichita State University,” she said. “That was about 2½ years ago, and since then, I have enjoyed attending a wide range of expertly presented classes. “
She found a number of trustworthy businesses among the newspaper’s advertisers as well.
“So, when approached to join the Board, I was already in their debt as a reader who had benefited from the publication. I look forward to offering my past business experiences toward the continued growth and success of The Active Age. “