Newsmaker: Ken Schmigel
Noteworthy: Ken Schmigel organized a Mardi Gras party for residents of the Kane Regional Center in McKeesport on Tuesday. About 70 residents, their families and visitors sang, danced and celebrated Fat Tuesday. He plans activities for residents throughout the year including a recent art show, spa days with cosmetology students from McKeesport High School and pet therapy visits from Ernie, a golden retriever, and Anastasia, a Rottweiler.
Family: Wife, Lisa, and daughters, Abbigail, 10, and Sara, 7
Occupation: Schmigel is the recreation therapy supervisor at the Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.
Background: Schmigel worked as a recreational therapist for Allegheny Valley School before joining the county in 2000. He is a member of the North-South Skirmish Association, a group that shoots Civil War-era muskets and cannons in competition.
Education: Schmigel graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in parks and recreation and a concentration in therapeutic recreation.
Quote: “Leisure and recreation, that's all part of the health care model. You have your doctors and nurses that treat physical ailments, but we plan our activities to provide a therapeutic value as well. ...What we're trying to do is improve the quality of life for the residents.”