Velda Metelmann, 91, proved no one is "too old" for school, earning a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Marylhurst University in June 2014.
MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Department
MA, University of Iowa
BA, Hillsdale College, Michigan
Critical Contexts: Culture, Gender, Values, & Vision
Cultural Competence in Organizations
Culture, Gender, Values and Vision
People have always been Iris Savich's passion and business. Savich, a former teacher at the middle school, high school, and college level, has served on a variety of committees, ran a school improvement team and acted as a department chair for English as a Second Language programs. She loved teaching, but along the way discovered what she liked best was developing and delivering a variety of training.
In 1989, Savich launched her company, TAP Unlimited Corporation. She chose the motto, "train to retain." The idea is that it is healthier and cheaper for a company to invest in its current employees through training, rather than to fire, rehire, and train a new group of employees.
In her free time, Savich and two friends cook dinner for 25-30 doctors and nurses who volunteer their services to the Hillsboro Essential Health Clinic, a clinic for low-income persons with little or no insurance. She is involved with Women of Vision, a clinic that is dedicated to help women achieve personal and professional power. Iris also sits on a national board - the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers (CBDM) - that meets at various locations around the country to assess managers' proficiencies and deals with ethical issues of conduct.