Most retirees enjoy freedom from the daily grind of working a full-time job, but not Vanessa Williams who works full-time as Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant’s fitness and aquatics instructor. She began her career at LVMG four years ago as a part-time administrative concierge. Her exemplary performance led to being promoted to her current position, which has her instructing residents on fitness and aquatic activities, as well as directing the pool’s maintenance and performing lifeguard duties. She does this after a 32-year career with the Maryland state government
To Williams, working at LVMG is a dream come true. It has given her confidence to have a second career and resume teaching the etiquette workshop she previously established – Manners, Modeling and More. Her love of fashion, modeling and etiquette led her to launch the workshop where she teaches the younger generation table manners, respect and better communication skills.
In her role as a fitness and aquatics instructor, she’s teaching the older generation. Her motto “always move and groove” motivates residents to dance upon entering class. She believes it helps “oil the joints” before working out. After a lively and fun class, residents leave with open arms – sharing peace, joy, love and happiness.
With her teaching roles, Williams is making a positive impact in the lives of the young and the young at heart.
She believes in living a life of GLAM, which is an acronym for:
G – Growth and spirituality
L – Love
A – Aspire to be your best
M – Maturity
If you’re lucky enough to interact with Williams, you’ll see that she is “GLAM” personified. She is an inspiration to all – young and older.