Introducing Julie Roh, Valley VNA Volunteer Coordinator

Valley VNA now has a dedicated volunteer coordinator to help welcome community and family members more fully into our dynamic senior living community. After all, Valley VNA was founded right here in Neenah in 1908 by people who stepped up to provide care and assistance to their friends and neighbors. A revitalized and intentional volunteer program certainly fits with our “personality” at Valley VNA.

And speaking of personality, we were very happy to welcome Julie Roh as our volunteer coordinator last month. She is a smart, vivacious woman who splits her professional work time between the VNA and the Neenah-Menasha YMCA where she has worked as a wellness coach for the past 15 years. Throw in a side-hustle as a kickboxing coach at Ellipse Fitness, and you have the right mix of spunk and charisma to help us make things happen!

Julie grew up in Prescott, Wisconsin, and then met her boyfriend-turned-husband, Shane, when they were both students at UW-La Crosse many years ago. They made their home in Neenah shortly after graduation and raised their two children: Natalie (20) will be a junior year at Marquette University majoring in biomedical science; and Jackson (18) is a newly minted Neenah High School grad headed to UW-Milwaukee in the fall to study business. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in human resources. Husband Shane is a regional vice president for sales at Secura. Interestingly, Natalie has worked part-time at Valley VNA as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for the past two years and will join us again this summer. She and Julie can even walk to work, as their house is just blocks from Valley VNA!

Julie’s first tasks are defining different volunteer roles and recruiting to fill them. But if you are especially eager to get started as a volunteer, Julie wants you to know a couple of things. First, you could choose a role that involves directly interacting with our fascinating residents, such as calling bingo, running a craft or cooking class, or giving manicures within our Namaste program. Alternatively, you could work a bit more behind the scenes as a gardener who helps keep our raised beds beautiful, a library runner who delivers and returns books on behalf of residents to the Neenah Public Library, or even a newspaper delivery person who distributes daily papers to our senior apartments. Julie has openings for prayer partners, van drivers, table game teammates, and musicians—the opportunities are as varied as the people whom we serve. Julie will recruit more volunteers, oversee their training and orientation, track their hours, and celebrate their generous gifts of time and spirit. “Our doors open in; we want people to come and share their lives with us. At the same time, our doors open out; our people have so much wisdom and joy to share with our community. I am really happy to help make these meaningful connections,” Julie said.

To learn more or to volunteer, please contact Julie Roh, Valley VNA Volunteer Coordinator, at 920-624-6087 or julieroh@valleyvna.org