After finishing school in Maine, Sue Cory decided the Midwest might be where she wanted to lay down her roots. In 1975 the New Jersey native moved to Cedar Rapids and joined the staff at the YWCA. After serving as the program director with the YWCA in Cedar Rapids, she came to Muscatine to be the Executive Director of the Muscatine YWCA in 1982. “We provided services for women and families who just needed additional support,” Cory says.

The YWCA and the YMCA, under the direction of Cory and Jim Sterms, merged into one new facility in 1991. Cory led the way in the merger of the two organizations when Sterms retired in 1997. “We took the tactic to serve families in Muscatine. One way we did that with the Muscatine Community Y was by creating programs for low-income families, especially mothers. We also wanted to have character development programs for children.”

Cory has dedicated her professional career to the service of families who need additional assistance. The Y gave her the opportunity to affect many lives. “What I love about the Y is the variety of people involved. It is so good to see the different people who come through the facility to work out, or take part of the programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Since Cory’s retirement from the Y in 2008, she has continued to be an advocate for families and children. She has served as an advocate in the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Advocates volunteer to ensure children who are already victims of abuse or neglect are not further impacted by the system intended to protect them.