I have been the Executive Director at Nikiski Senior Center since December 2020. I bring a wealth of knowledge when it comes to grants, social services and community resources. I am also a long time Nikiski resident. I have an amazing husband and three beautiful children. My passion has always been to help people but working with individuals and families in my wonderful community is a privilege. Thank you all for the warm welcome!
I am Sue Tauriainen, Financial Officer, for Nikiski Senior Citizens, Inc. My husband, Ray, and I have been lifetime members of the center for 20 years. We are the proud parents of 3 loving children, their spouses and 13 grandchildren. My first experience in Alaska was 1967 & 1968. Ray spent his Army tour of duty in Anchorage at Ft Richardson. We returned to Nikiski, Alaska in May of 1977. I worked for over 30 years in fish plants, managing accounting offices. My current position at Nikiski Senior Center began in August 2015. If I can be of assistance to you, please ask. I look forward to another great year serving the wonderful seniors at NSC. The candy dish is always open.
I’m still relatively new to Alaska, moving here in 2010. I was a Navy brat and then Navy myself. Social services is my third career and I have finally found what I want to be when I grow up. In previous lives I was a maintenance mechanic before obtaining a BS in Environmental Health from Missouri Southern State University. I spent 4 years as an inspector, specializing in food safety, then began my own food safety training and consulting business. In 2018, I became the executive director of Soldotna Area Senior Citizens, Inc. In 2021, I became the Southcentral Personal Care Services Program Manager for Access Alaska, Inc. I started with Nikiski Senior Center in August of 2023 as the administrative assistant and I am thrilled to be working at a senior center again. I look forward to meeting new seniors and reuniting with others.
I started as senior representative in early 2023. I moved to the Kenai peninsula in 2017 with my husband when we were first empty nesters. I earned my BSW from UAF and I have a wide range of work and life experiences that creates value for our local seniors, including caregiving and coordinating activities. I am excited to work and live by Marie Lake where my husband and I run Evenson Heritage Lodge, and I’m excited to grow at the Nikiski Senior Center!
I am the Maintenance/Janitor at the Nikiski Senior Center. I have been doing this job for about 7 years now and enjoy everyone I work with. Over the years, I have met a lot of interesting people and like to help the seniors that come to the center. I hope to continue meeting and helping more seniors for many years to come.
I am a fairly new resident of Nikiski, having moved here in December of 2021. I followed my husband to this community, so he could become a part of the Nikiski Fire Department. We have two grown boys.
I owned my own cake decorating business since the age of 19 years old. I have become more connected with the Kenai Peninsula Community since my move, and I am very excited to be able to use my skills as the kitchen manager for Nikiski Senior Center. I look forward to getting to know and serve everyone in our beautiful little town.
I am originally from Anchorage, and now live in Kenai happily with my husband Bill. My husband is one of the pastors of Anchor of Hope church and I am also a ministry leader. We have a dog named Samson that we love. I also have a thriving crochet business called New Creations. I started as a cook at Nikiski Senior Center in July 2023. Stop on by, I love to feed people!