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Emeritus director devoted to community service

By Joyce Jackson
On May 13, 2014

  • Susan Holloway-Snider, Emeritus director. Staff photo

For the last 14 years, Susan Holloway-Snider has been self-employed. She operated a business that provided community education (CE) courses for health care professionals. For the last two years, she has provided online and onsite state-mandated HIPAA training.

Now, as of April 21, she's taking on a new challenge - as director of Richland's Emeritus Plus 50 Program.

"Every person that touches a medical record must have some type of medical training," Holloway-Snider said. "I had a very hectic schedule the last year or two, so I wanted a more structured environment. This (Richland) fits within what I've been doing with the CE coursework."

Originally from North Carolina and now in her 50s, Holloway-Snider has lived throughout the  United States. She's been a faculty member at two community colleges, administered CE and workforce courses at the University of Texas at Arlington, was a clinical instructor at UT-Southwestern Medical Center and taught health promotion and disease prevention to physician assistant and allied health students.

Holloway-Snider has several degrees, in addition to a master's in health education from Texas Woman's University and is certified as a health educator. She has a passion for mentoring in both education and the community.

"I enjoy working with seniors and volunteers," Holloway-Snider said. She has been involved  with volunteer organizations for the last 30 years. "I started in my 20s with the Cancer Society. I volunteered for a position. I worked for a company that worked with the Ronald McDonald House system wide across the U.S."

Holloway-Snider hopes to improve the Emeritus Program by expanding on what it already offers, and she is concerned with health and other issues related to seniors. She is still looking at the current schedule. 

"There might be some changes in expansion," Holloway-Snider said. As far as the five retirement centers who work with the Richland Emeritus Program, she said she is looking into topics of interest regarding health.

"I'm relying on individuals who have participated in the past," she said. She would like to know what Emeritus students like and what they don't and believes this program is really important for seniors.

"Anything where you are giving a valuable service back to your community provides a value," Holloway-Snider said. "It gives those members of the community an avenue to enrich their lives, educate themselves and often times it gives them an opportunity to give back as well. They, in turn, often times become volunteers or participate in that program. I see that in every community. This is my first area where I've done this kind of work."

Holloway-Snider also said Richland is a beautiful campus. Seniors are able to interact with other students, keeping themselves active physically and mentally.

"I love the campus," she said. "The people are very nice."

Besides taking over the Emeritus Program, Holloway-Snider has a few hobbies on the side that she enjoys.

"I do a lot of landscaping and help with pet rescue groups. It's a Scottish Terrier rescue group," she said. "I sew and sing. I sing in my community and in my church. I sing anything. I've been singing my whole life."

Holloway-Snider said her husband is also excited about her new Emeritus position.

"He thinks it's right down my alley," she said.

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