A local business owner is the newest member of a foundation in Wapakoneta, designed to help the community.
Sandra Huffman, who is the owner of PT Works, in Wapakoneta, was recently inducted into the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) as a new trustee.
“I’m honored to be sitting among this group of people,” Huffman said. “I’m proud to even be asked.”
WACF Executive Director Larry Tester asked Huffman to join the group and become a trustee to replace Vi Hardin. Ninety-year-old Hardin recently resigned, and Huffman will finish her term, which will end on Oct. 31, 2015. Hardin was one of the original trustees on the board, when the foundation started in 1989.
Huffman will be apart of the Grant Committee, and will also help to promote the foundation.
Tester said he asked Huffman to join because she knows many people in the area, through her cliental and by residing in Wapakoneta. Tester said she also was interested in the foundation, and her business, PT Works, is a lifetime member of WACF.
Huffman has owned and operated PT Works for 20 years, and she enjoys her job, along with all the friendships she has made along the way.
“I want to have a relationship with people,” Huffman said, referring to her clients. “It’s been a very good and rewarding career.”
Huffman has been a physical therapist for 27 years, with her first few years working at Piqua Hospital.
She graduated from St. Henry High School in 1980 and from The Ohio State University in 1984 with her degree in physical therapy allied medicine.
Being a physical therapist is not only a job for Huffman, it is something she loves to do and enjoys helping people.
“Never has a day felt like work to me,” Huffman said.
Huffman, originally of St. Henry, and her husband, Ron, moved to Wapakoneta because it was the halfway point between their two jobs, and right off of Interstate 75, with Ron working in Lima and Huffman working in Piqua.
The couple knew they wanted to move into Wapakoneta permanently, and there wasn’t anything in physical therapy for Huffman at the time, so she decided to open her own physical therapy business for the community.
“I had business partners here,” Huffman said, “and it sounded good to open my own business in Wapak.”
Huffman’s career move has lead her to great success, as PT Works has been in business since 1991.
“It’s been a real blessing,” Huffman said. “Wapak has been very supportive.”
Huffman and her husband have five children, Julianne, 22, Patrick, 20, John 16, Aaron, 14, and Kyle, 12.
They have all went to St. Joseph School all the way up until it had recently closed.
Huffman is active at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and also established a $1,000 scholarship fund in honor of Bill Heil, who was a custodian at St. Joseph School, who died suddenly.
“This is to honor him and his hard work,” Huffman said.
With the help of her husband, the couple started this scholarship approximately five years ago, and Heil’s wife presents the scholarship to a graduating senior who had attended St. Joseph Elementary School.
Huffman said that her family is a “three-sport family,” because her children are involved in football, baseball and basketball, along with summer sports.
Huffman is very excited about being a new trustee of the foundation, and said that this is a great way to give back to the community.
“It’s a giving back idea for me,” Huffman said. “It’s a simple concept that has touched a lot of people. It’s all about the power of multiples.”