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Senior Crew Spotlight | Sarah Van Fuss

I grew up in Little Chute, attended UW-Stevens Point for a degree in fine art and Cardinal Stritch for my MBA. I started my working life as a graphic artist with Wisconsin Tissue, a local paper company, and as the company went through multiple buy-outs and owners I transitioned into a quality management role. I retired two years ago from my job as quality manager for the Americas working for what is now SCA paper company. That position gave me the chance to travel and work with lots of different people and cultures – something I still value.

I’ve been married to my dear husband, Scott, for twenty-nine great years. We live in Appleton and I hope to persuade him to join the senior team when he retires in another year or two.

When not volunteering with Habitat, I knit, like to cook, garden, do a lot of walking, some strength training, and yoga for exercise. I also build miniature houses – 1/12 size of actual houses. I’m currently working on a miniature beach house that I’ll give to a niece or nephew when its finished.

This is my second year as part of the senior crew and I knew once I retired I would volunteer with Habitat. Many years ago I did a Women Build one weekend and enjoyed it so much I wanted to do more. There are many things I like about volunteering for Habitat and being part of the senior crew. But mostly, I enjoy the people I get to work with. Everyone has an interesting story, everyone is happy to be doing the work, and is willing to teach those of us with less experience. And I feel I’ve made some good friends.

Something that seems to surprise people about me is that I have a degree in fine art and was actually an artist for many years. When I tell people I am/was an artist they often look at me quizzically as if expecting some crazy artist to emerge. But I think I’m able to nicely balance the creative side of my brain with my technical side – at least most of the time.

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