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 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 get my social work degree in 2023 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 and 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 5 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 have lived in Nikiski since 1952 on my parents homestead property on Daniels Lake where I currently still live. I enjoy fishing, hunting, picking berries and boating amongst many other things! I have worked at the center for many years as receptionist, dishwasher and more currently, the waitress. I love my job and the people and enjoy seeing all of my dear and near friends!
I am a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I have lived in Nikiski for over 20 years and have been employed with the Nikiski Senior Center for over half of that time. I have worn many hats and had many titles. I recently took a new position of Transportation Specialist. However, running activities makes me happy. You will often see me working BINGO, weddings, and other fun events like Santa comes to Nikiski and the Craft Fairs.
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 new Assistant Cook for Nikiski Senior Center. I look forward to getting to know and serve everyone in our beautiful little town.