Delia Siegrist, Executive Director
In 1968, Delia came to Huntsville as an Auburn co-op student and fell in love with Monte Sano. She and Kyle settled on Monte Sano in 1990, and became a happy mountain family of three in 1991. Delia has been a kind of jack of all trades, working in real estate, medical administration, cost analysis, accounting, and teaching in high school, college, and as a private tutor. These days Delia focuses on building her vegetable garden and nurturing her Monte Sano community. In late 2014, Delia brought the idea of a village to a group of Monte Sano residents and the idea was enthusiastically embraced. Since that time, Delia has devoted her energies as President and Executive Director to develop Monte Sano Village.
Lue English, Vice President and Care Committee Director
Lue Thorn English, a Monte Sano native who was born on Monte Sano, is a crisis response counselor. She has also spent over thirty years as a business manager and consultant for medical offices. During her career, she gained experience helping individuals and businesses navigate the health care system. Lue is on the Board of Directors of Inside Out Studio and has served on the Boards of Pathfinder, the Monte Sano Civic Association, and the Monte Sano Art Show. She looks forward to helping the Monte Sano Village Member Advocacy Committee develop a system for transitioning frail and at-risk members to appropriate levels of care, and other programs to help members remain in their homes. Lue has three sons and four grandchildren. She is also the author of the book Monte Sano Wildflowers.
Elsie Peterson, Secretary and Membership Intake Director
Elsie Peterson is a twice-over Monte Sano resident. She grew up on the mountain in the 50’s and 60’s, and returned here in 1999. As a stay-at-home mother, she led various scouting groups and taught everything from Sunday school to children’s art classes. Elsie has worked for Kids on the Block in both Decatur and Huntsville, first as a volunteer and later as an employee, and also worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Now retired, Elsie admits to being a woman of many interests. She works on behalf of Monte Sano Village, volunteers at Burritt on the Mountain, maintains a love of the arts in general, and continues her membership in the Huntsville Master Chorale. Elsie and her husband Ed Baggott often play music for various contra-dance groups around the Southeast.
Cathy White, Treasurer
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Cathy moved to Huntsville in 1975 after graduating from college with a degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science. She worked in flight software throughout her 35 year career at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She, her husband Bob, and their 6-month-old daughter moved to Monte Sano in 1990. Cathy values the Monte Sano community and as a village volunteer enjoys the opportunity to get to know more of her mountain neighbors and help them out wherever she can. In addition to volunteer activities, Cathy enjoys digging in the dirt (trying to keep the yard and vegetable garden under control) and accompanying Bob playing old-time tunes on their front porch.
Rusty Bynum, Membership Intake Director
Texas native Rusty Bynum moved to Monte Sano in 1980, a happy transplant from the wild west. Her three children grew up as “mountain kids,” and still enjoy the title. A professional writer for 40+ years, Rusty is grateful for Monte Sano’s vibrant community of artists. She considers the friendship and support of fellow writers to be sustenance for the creative life. Her writing has included business communications, stage plays, and novels. Rusty has been a volunteer for organizations from 4-H, to Hospice, to a day care center for Alzheimer’s patients. She has served on the Boards of Directors for the Huntsville/Madison County Senior Center and Therapy Partners of Huntsville, Inc. She’s looking forward to more happy decades with her husband Larry Bingham, right here on Monte Sano.
Frances Cerro, Social Director
Frances Cerro was born in Wisconsin. She earned a degree in Psychology from St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a member of Minnesota Dance Theater, and performed and taught in the Midwest, Jacob’s Pillow, and Spoleto, Italy. She and her husband Ramon moved to Argentina, where they had three children, a dance school and a performing dance company. Back in the US, Frances and family settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Frances taught in the Lincoln Center Institute and volunteered in the Tulsa schools. In 1998, the Cerros made their home on Monte Sano. Frances has volunteered at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, and Children’s Rehabilitation Service. She has also served as a Spanish interpreter for North Alabama agencies. Frances and Ramon return to Argentina for annual visits.
Pam Patrick, Volunteer Coordinator
Having moved frequently in her youth, Pam has cultivated strong mountain roots and can't imagine living anywhere else! She and Bill moved to Huntsville in the 1970s with their three daughters. Monte Sano is home. Pam taught at Martin Luther King, Monte Sano, and Hampton Cove elementary schools before working with student teachers at UAH. She is a charter member of the Monte Sano Community Garden. Pam has volunteered with La Leche League International, and served on the Board of Directors of Friends, Inc. Pam loves to read, garden and hang out with her family. She and Bill have 6 grandchildren who all live on the mountain. She is excited to help launch Monte Sano Village and to watch it grow to enrich the lives of mountain residents.
Kay Heckman, Member at large
After graduating from the University of Alabama, Kay worked as a social worker with the state of Alabama. Her jobs included working with abused and neglicted children and licensing foster homes in Madison Co. She has lived on Monte Sano since 1980. After her husband was hired by the German Space Agency and subsequently the European Space Agency, the couple moved to Europe and lived in Germany and Holland for about four years. Since that time, in retirement, Kay and her husband Dick have traveled and lived in various places but always kept their home on Monte Sano. They discovered in all their wanderings that Monte Sano is a very special community with very special people. Kay has been an active member and volunteer of the Village, and would like to continue to immerse herself in the work of the Village and support the concept of neighbor helping neighbor.
Connie Burns, Member at large
Born in Biloxi, MS, Connie moved to Huntsville at age 6. In college she studied graphic arts and has had a wealth of experience in many fields including a print layout designer, a dark room photography tech, an electronics troubleshooter, a museum guide and researcher. Her interests include reading, especially history and biographies; old houses and cemeteries; gardening (Master Gardener class of 1999); and just about any kind of music. John and Connie moved to Monte Sano in 2011, and have four children and nine grandchildren (two of these live on the mountain) and they enjoy their many friendships on Monte Sano with some dating back to school days. An active volunteer in various organizations Connie feels that Monte Sano Village is a perfect fit for her. "I get to meet and help my neighbors and they in turn become friends whose company I enjoy at the many activities and social events we have in our community."
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