Sue Parker, FMFA is a proud member and Fellow of the Medical Fitness Association. Read her story.
I joined MFA approximately 20 years ago when I became the Aquatic Manager at Akron General LifeStyles in Akron, Ohio (now Cleveland Clinic/Akron General). My role expanded to Recreation and Program Manager and I had the privilege to be an integral part of the building and opening of 2 other centers in Akron. I could always count on my MFA resources to guide me through these responsibilities.
As a member of MFA, I have met many energetic and inspiring friends and mentors. Via conferences, webinars, meetings and networking, I learned a lot of information that helped me grow both personally and professionally. I served on committees, presented at conferences, became an MFA fellow and served on the Board of Directors. The more active I became, the more motivated and knowledgeable I became. These activities helped me to define who I am and what I stand for.
I am now newly retired from my management position with LifeStyles. I continue to teach swim lessons and help where/when I can. That is, when I am not traveling abroad, spending time with my family and grandchildren, biking, swimming, hiking, reading, learning languages…. and I am excited, to remain active in MFA, to give back to a great organization and to continue a fun and active lifestyle that includes Exercise Is Medicine! I am looking forward to meeting old and new friends at this year’s annual conference.