Other professional retirees who've come on board at Isles include Dick Lilleston, a former Merrill Lynch executive who works on real estate; Scott Sillars, a corporate finance retiree who is evaluating business ventures to generate good local jobs; and Ken Snedeker, a retired electrical engineer who has operated a family construction business, and now oversees the major renovations of a building in Trenton.
Retirees become Isles unto others at nonprofit and I know how upsetting it is if you planned to retire and it all blows up in your face,” Oswald said. But she urged those who must Entrepreneurial energy entices Ken Snedeker, a retired electrical engineer but thousands of Americans who’d hoped to keep working to consider the nonprofit world. “There is so much in this world that older set to rejoin work force who has operated a family construction retire have seen their investment portfolios needs to be done, and somebody with business, and now oversees the major ravaged by the stock market collapse, and experience can address the myriad issues BY BETH FITZGERALD renovations of a building in Trenton. now feel they must keep working — or even out there that need attention and don’t get THE TRENTON NONPROFIT Isles manages The retirees who’ve joined Isles did so re-enter the work force after retiring. enough of it,” she said. ◆ a diverse portfolio of programs, from its because they wanted to continue working, “People have different temperaments, E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org YouthBuild alternative high school that guides at-risk teens into careers, to the home rehab program that’s housed hundreds of urban families and the Challenge financial self-reliance program that makes microloans to fledgling businesses. The entrepreneurial energy that keeps 28-year-old Isles forever sprouting new ideas — the latest is a green-collar job your training program — is part of what has inspired highly qualifed retirees to pursue a second career at the organization. After Jeanne Oswald retired as executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education in June checking! 2007, she volunteered at Isles, working on YouthBuild’s strategic plan. In October, she was hired to launch the new Center for Energy and Environmental Training, which has begun training the young and the unemployed to join the emerging cadre of energy auditors, who will work to find energy leaks in buildings, then perform air sealing and insulation work. YouthBuild students are among those who enrolled in CEET’s first class in January, and Oswald was drawn to Isles by the NJ’s success YouthBuild has had in turning around the lives of teenagers who have BEST
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