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 | Published on 7/27/2015
Izzie Sadler
Development Director, SOWEGA Council on Aging

If you ask Izzie Sadler where she grew up, don’t expect a one or two word answer. “This is always the most difficult question for me to answer,” admits the Development Director for the SOWEGA Council on Aging.


“I have a French mother and an American father who served in the U.S. Army.  I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, went to Kindergarten in Ethiopia, Africa, lived with my grandparents in Versailles and went to French speaking school for 5th grade. I lived the rest of the time in Zweibrucken, Germany attending Department of Defense schools.  I moved to Panama City, FL, when I was 17 years old.  I guess my hometown is Zweibrucken, but all of the people I knew there are now gone.”


Despite the changing addresses of her youth, she wouldn’t trade it. “I loved growing up overseas because it allowed me to learn other languages, experience different cultures and taught me how to adapt to different environments.”


She also loves helping people, fitness, family, and playing mixed doubles with her husband, Wes. She plays with several USTA tennis leagues and participates in tournaments in Georgia and Florida. She also has three children, Savannah, Joel, and Logan. As a personal trainer for 16 years, helping people reach their personal health and wellness goals was a passion. Now, fundraising to help provide life-saving services for seniors makes her job satisfying.

“I want to be known as someone who could be trusted, who always tried their best, and who encouraged others to reach their potential.”