Meet Stephy Abbruzzese, one of North Olmsted’s most compassionate and outgoing residents!
Readers may recognize Stephy as the friendly face of camps and activities at the North Olmsted Recreation Center, where she is able to showcase her passion for people by serving as Youth Camp and Activities Coordinator for the City of North Olmsted Parks and Recreation Department. In her role at the Rec Center, Stephy works with residents and visitors of all ages, from youth camps to senior citizen programs. “I am fortunate to have a very supportive employer in the City,” says Stephy. “Our Commissioners promote creativity and flexibility to accomplish our goals and objectives, and my input is always valued.”
Before starting work with the City in August 2015, Stephy worked in education as an Intervention Specialist at a grade school. Stephy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bluffton University and pursued a Masters in Education Administration at Ashland University, degrees that were directly influenced by her strong desire to help people. “Education is an extremely broad profession with many diverse fields,” she said. “As my career progressed, I found myself seeking what it means for people to be healthy and well.” As such, Stephy is now pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from Indiana University to ultimately impact public health and well-being on a larger scale. “Well-being is such an important consideration for all people regardless of who they are or what they do,” said Stephy, “so I want to impact the policies that influence quality of life issues.”
A North Olmsted resident since 2012, Stephy values the strong sense of community that North Olmsted promotes. “My family could not have picked a better community to call home. We have the greatest neighbors, a safe and quiet street, and a beautiful home.” With her husband Jack and 3-year old son Dominic, Stephy says that she is grateful for her vast support system that allows her the flexibility necessary for a busy life. “Whether it is my neighbors watching my son for an afternoon or my coworkers at the Rec Center’s Tot Town, North Olmsted has provided such a complete community for my family,” said Stephy.
When Stephy is not busy with her family or at the Rec Center, she can be found coaching volleyball for 5th-8th graders, running, and attending Major League Baseball games in the summer. “I enjoy staying active and encouraging others to do the same. My husband and I are huge baseball fans, so we take any opportunity we can to experience new stadiums, teams and cities. The Cleveland Indians are always number one, though.” She also enjoys the many recreational facilities found around the city and the region, such as the Metroparks and the many city parks and fields.
Be sure to say hello to Stephy as you see her and her family around town!