BEREA, Ohio – October 15, 2014 – Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids) is delighted to announce the appointment of Tina Mettler, as Program Director of the “Kids Who Can” Youth Empowerment Program. “Kids Who Can” encourages and celebrates whatever individual gifts and talents a young person may have, in benefit to local children challenged in their everyday lives. (See: http://wp.me/p3kpSg-1hf).
Mrs. Mettler is a graduate of Terra Technical College with a degree in Nuclear Power. For the last 28 years, she has worked for the Radiation Protection (Safety) Department at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. A lifetime resident of Perry, Ohio, Tina lives on a small family farm with her husband and children. Mother of three, Tina came to W.A.G.S. out of the need of her own daughter Susie Mettler (Read Susie’s Story: Click Here). Susie became a quadriplegic due to a sledding accident in the winter of 2013. Her dream was to have a service dog of her own as a partner and helper. Before that dream became a reality, Susie passed away July 4, 2014. Through this enormous loss, Tina Mettler became inspired to help W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and all the kids who are waiting for a dog of their own, by taking on the leadership of the “Kids Who Can” program.
“We maintain a strong commitment to and belief in the ability of children who are able, to help those not as lucky as themselves”, said Wendy Crann, W.A.G.S. 4 Kids’ Executive Director. “Our 10th year has been a milestone of determination and success. We are excited to welcome Tina to our W.A.G.S. 4 Kids family. With her leadership and nurturing spirit, more young adults will understand that their greatest strength is using their talents to empower others.”
Tina has worked with her kids in 4H Livestock, as a softball mom and now as a grandma. She will now help “Kids Who Can” raise funds and awareness for kids in need through W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, in honor of Susie’s dream.
Sera Nelson, Director of Development & Special Events
Working Animals Giving Service for Kids
Phone: 216-586-5853 ext. 2
For more information on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and “Kids Who Can”: www.wags4kids.org