Mary Margaret O'Hara Anderson Obituary
Former MCIL board member Mary Margaret O'Hara Anderson has passed away. Her obtuary is as follows.
Born 12/06/45 after a long health battle Mary passed away peacefully on 6/25/15. She is preceded in death by parents John and Eleanor O'Hara; Brother, Eugene and dearly loved nephew, Patrick O'Hara, in-laws, Robert and Elaine Anderson, Pam and Gary Classen. Survived by best friend and husband Michael Anderson; Stepson ,Paul Anderson; Nephew, Erik Classen (raised by Mike and Mary); Brother, Michael (Julie) O'Hara; Sisters ,Anita (Tim) Buel, Kathy (Roger) Stauff, Colleen (Tom) Joyce, and Eileen O'Hara. Also survived by nieces and nephews Sara, Michael, and Katie O'Hara, Valerie Vedder, Stephanie Buel, Kim Nelson, Jeff, Ryan, and Paul Stauff. Erin VonBank, Emily and Ed Joyce, Chris, Shane, Michael, Isaiah, and Ella O'Hara. Dear friends Dr. Colleen Wieck, Mary Jo Nichols, Freddie Lissimore, and her many friends at Arbor Point Apts. Mary worked tirelessly for people with disabilities and was honored by her good friend Congressman, Jim Ramstad in the congressional record. Governor Rudy Perpich declared February 8th 1980 "Mary O'Hara- Anderson Day" in MN. In 2013 Mike and Mary ranked 3rd in a national survey for customer service as long time managers of Arbor Pointe Apts. Special thanks to all the doctors who helped Mary, especially Dr. Bryan Steeleman & Aaron Milbank for their excellent care and kindness. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, 51 W. 7th St. St. Paul. Visitation 4-8 PM at O'Halloran & Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials preferred. 651-698-0796
Published in Pioneer Press on June 28, 2015- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?pid=175175195
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Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA
The Disability Community, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and MSCOD, proudlypresent Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA, created by tpt journalist, David Gillette. Mr. Gillette creates a short, engaging video to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the ADA into law. We trust this whiteboard video essay offers a fun way to explore an overview of the ADA’s impact on the everyday lives of people with disabilities and the obstacles they face in the workplace. View the video HERE. (Audio described version coming soon)
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MCIL Welcomes New Executive Director
Ellie Emanuel, Board Chair
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
503 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jesse Bethke Gomez as the new Executive Director effective February 9, 2015. Jesse brings extensive and profound leadership experience and success having most recently served as Vice President of University Planning and Advancement at Metropolitan State University. Prior to his position at Metropolitan State University, Jesse served as President of CLUES, (Comunidades Latinas En Servicio). During his 16 years as President CLUES grew to be nationally recognized agency for their work in responsive health care including behavioral health to newcomer communities, help 9,000 job seekers obtain employment and grew client visits by a factor of 5 to over 38,000 visits annually. One of the highlights of his time at CLUES was their new building that is co-located with the Mexican Consulate.
“Jesse brings unparelled leadership in nonprofit administration combined with a commitment to lead MCIL in new directions and community partnerships to advance the lives of all people with disabilities throughout Minnesota.” stated Ellie Emanuel, Board Chair.
“Jessie’s numerous awards and educational background are equally impressive.” added Emanuel. He is currently serving on the Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission following his appointment by the Minnesota State Supreme Court and by the Honorable Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. He is listed among the “100 Influential Healthcare Leaders in Minnesota” by the Minnesota Physicians Publication and was among the 100 leaders who participated in the first Hispanic Policy Summit held by the White House in 2011.
He currently holds a Masters of Management and Administration degree specializing in strategic leadership from Metropolitan State University and a national Kellogg Fellow, alumnus from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as an Emerging Leader in Public Health.
"It is truly a great honor to be selected as the next Executive Director for Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, whose Board of Directors, and staff are deeply dedicated to making an extraordinary difference for all who are served by this most impressive and important organization. I am looking forward to working with the Board, staff and all who contribute to the success of MCIL." added Bethke Gomez.