After two months as director of the Payson Senior Center, Marsha Cauley said, "I fell in love with these people very fast."
A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is no stranger to service organizations. She spent 20 years working in social services for the Salvation Army in Fort Meyers, Fla., and another six in Nashville, Tenn. as coordinator for the therapy department, St. Thomas Hospital.
"St. Thomas is a heart hospital, so I had a chance to work with the elderly quite a lot," she said. "There has been a lot in my background to prepare me for this position."
Cauley said the highlight of the job is definitely the people.
"I have never met a group of people like those I've met in Payson. I've lived in about 13 different places, including overseas, and never have I seen the heart that is in Payson," she said.
She is especially grateful for the staff, volunteers and members of the Senior Center, whom she said, "are always there for you."
Her brother, a longtime Mesa resident, was instrumental in bringing her to Arizona, and eventually to Payson. In turn, she is trying to convince her son and his family in Nashville that they should move here also,
Cauley believes the biggest challenge, jobwise, is learning all the different ropes there are "so I can get those ropes all up and tie them together and make a neat package out of them."
In her spare time, she loves to explore her new home state. "There are so many new places for me to see," she said.
She plans to get more involved in church activities, and also enjoys walking and shopping.