Executive Director Patricia (Pat) Beal came to the Senior Center in 2000 to Volunteer in the Dial A Ride Program where she worked with her husband Chuck who was the Transportation Coordinator for Dial A Ride. She also assisted in the development of new programs and partnerships for the Senior Center. Pat then served on the Senior Center’s Board of Directors as Treasurer and then Board President for 3 years. Pat became the Executive Director of the Senior Center of Elk Grove in 2011.
Pat states that it is both a privilege and a pleasure to be at the Senior Center and work with folks in the senior community. She believes aging is a privilege, and that it’s important to be part of a community that strives to provide a welcoming atmosphere by offering health oriented classes that are as engaging as they are fun in an environment that is both welcoming and happy. “Aging can be fun and interesting, but should not be experienced alone.”
Prior to coming to the Senior Center, Pat worked at the State Treasurer’s Officer for over 28 years where she was a Securities Trader for the Pooled Money Investment Account and the Administrator of the Local Agency Investment Fund from its inception in 1977 until her retirement in 2000. Pat took the program from its inception to over $25 billion dollars and 3,500 participants.
Pat instituted features that assisted local governments in structuring their investment practices and policies. She created the “Answer Book” for the State Treasurer’s Office which spoke to the needs of those agencies participating in the LAIF and was used as a guide to smart investment practices for local governments responsible for the initialization of computers for the Investment Division.
Pat was oversite Manager of the Investment Division’s Seismic Retrofit of the Jesse Unruh Building which housed the State Treasurer’s Office. Strategic Planning Oversight Manager for the State Treasurer’s Office including all emergency plans for the PMIA and the LAIF.
She also worked as a consultant to Local Governments, Cities, Counties and Special Districts in the areas of Investments, Personnel and Legislation.
Pat served on the State of California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission’s (CDIAC) Investment Technical Advisory Committee and was Liaison to both Local and State Governments for 7 State Treasurers.
To put her creativity to work, Pat owned and operated three businesses with her husband, Chuck. A landscaping business, B & B Landscaping, Golden West Bait Farms where she and her husband grew red worms which they shipped all over the country. She then opened a wholesale plant business where they made plants available to state and local governments for their buildings.
When Pat is not playing with her 2 Great Granddaughters she is enjoying the music of her talented son Martin, who sings and performs in many venues both in and out of town or she is with her lovely daughter Renee, who also loves to create, exploring new gift ideas for the Senior Center’s many fund raising efforts. Pat also enjoys genealogy research, singing, dancing (great way to exercise), bike riding, knitting and finding new ways to solve problems with creativity.
Christine Cuddy joined the Senior Center staff in 2015 as its Assistant Director. She is well known throughout the building for her loud laugh.
Originally from Bay Area, Christine began working in the Title and Escrow field shortly after graduation and spent 25 years as an Escrow Officer of residential, commercial, refinance and exchange real estate transactions. She formed, staffed and headed the Refinance Division for a large title and escrow company in the North Bay. Christine moved to Elk Grove with her sons to make some life changes. Prior to the Senior Center, Christine worked with a local CPA managing seven offices around the state, developing marketing strategies, and more.
As a volunteer, in 1999, Christine began working with the (now) Avon Breast Cancer 3 Day events as Division Leader, Crew Manager and Crew Captain in 15 walk events along the West Coast. Her duties were to recruit, train, prepare and oversee up to 500 volunteer crew members before events and managed each road team during the events.
When Christine isn’t at the Senior Center, she hangs around at home, designs and maintains the Center’s websites, enjoys a newfound passion of drawing house plans and spends as much time as she can with her two sons Mike, 29 and Joe, 27.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Senior Center of Elk Grove. I love the seniors, their enthusiasm and zest for life. It’s an honor and a joy to spend time around our members.” - Christine
Renee Hodgkin joined the Senior Center as a volunteer at the Center’s Front Desk more than 8 years ago and went on to become a true “Girl Friday” doing whatever was needed whenever called upon. Her volunteerism led her to be the weekly “shopper” for the Le Café and the Salad Bar. Renee has also been the Chef for the Annual Butterfly Tea for 3 years, helping purchase, donate and preparing the lovely meal enjoyed by all of the 100 people in attendance.
Before Renee moved to Sacramento she enjoyed working for a company in Los Angeles where she “shopped” the clerks in major Department Stores in and around Los Angeles for honesty and courtesy.
After college in Sacramento, Renee and her husband co-managed a major restaurant for several years. She left the restaurant to work for a Mortgage Company in the Insurance Department assembling and validating insurance documentation for refinance and new home purchases.
After her two children began school Renee volunteered at each school until the year after they graduated from High School. She then began Managing a Pottery Studio in Elk Grove where she helped children and adults enjoy the art of “creating” works of art that they could either give as gifts or enjoy themselves.
Renee spends what leisure time she has with her two beautiful granddaughters, grandson and her family. She loves to create and has for many years created and donated some beautiful works of art to the annual Holiday Gift Faire.
Renee believes in helping people and gives freely of her time to anyone in need.