An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Department
MA, University of Iowa
BA, Hillsdale College, Michigan
Critical Contexts: Culture, Gender, Values, & Vision
Cultural Competence in Organizations
Culture, Gender, Values and Vision
People have always been Iris Savich's passion and business. Savich, a former teacher at the middle school, high school, and college level, has served on a variety of committees, ran a school improvement team and acted as a department chair for English as a Second Language programs. She loved teaching, but along the way discovered what she liked best was developing and delivering a variety of training.
In 1989, Savich launched her company, TAP Unlimited Corporation. She chose the motto, "train to retain." The idea is that it is healthier and cheaper for a company to invest in its current employees through training, rather than to fire, rehire, and train a new group of employees.
In her free time, Savich and two friends cook dinner for 25-30 doctors and nurses who volunteer their services to the Hillsboro Essential Health Clinic, a clinic for low-income persons with little or no insurance. She is involved with Women of Vision, a clinic that is dedicated to help women achieve personal and professional power. Iris also sits on a national board - the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers (CBDM) - that meets at various locations around the country to assess managers' proficiencies and deals with ethical issues of conduct.