MANKATO — Kathleen Preuss and Pam Radunz have been announced as two new board members of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging board of directors, according to a news release from the agency that serves 27 counties in southwest Minnesota.

Preuss is a member and resident of the Upper Sioux Community of Minnesota and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota.

She is currently the social services director for the Upper Sioux Community and has previously worked as a police officer and has worked with ClearWay of Minnesota.

Preuss has been a volunteer with Hurt No More Children’s Program, PATHWAYS Sexual Assault Program, and PACT for Families.

Preuss said in the release that she wants to ensure needs of older adults “are being met in a culturally sensitive manner.”

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She has started an adult language class in hopes of keeping the Native Dakota language alive.

Radunz is the resident services director at Harmony River Living Center and is a resident of Hutchinson.

She holds a master's in gerontology from St. Cloud State University, is a certified independent trainer for dementia through Positive Approach LLC and is also a certified Teepa Snow trainer on dementia.

Radunz has served on the Meeker County Fair Board and has been a part of numerous committees, such as Well Being at Work Wellness, a consortium for McLeod, Meeker, and Sibley counties; Meeker Area Care Connections; and McLeod County Senior Providers.

“I have a passion for older people that I have grown and developed all my life,” Radunz said in the release.