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The Third Degree

“I don’t know what retirement means,” says 78-year-old Claudia Moye. That may be the understatement of the year. In addition to working full-time as a program manager and supervisor at the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment in Cincinnati’s West End, Moye traveled to Rwanda, Africa, in August at the invitation of the People to People Ambassadors program as a health care consultant. And she’s made similar trips to South Africa, Egypt and China.

“I like to help people,” she says modestly. “It makes me feel really good to know I can help someone reach their potential.”

She also received a Master of Arts in community counseling at Xavier in May—her third college degree. “I just seem to have a hunger to keep learning,” she says. “One thing leads to another. I learn something and find I still need to learn something else somewhere else. My goal is to keep going and keep helping people.”

Constantly motivated by thoughts of the encouragement from her late husband, Moye’s march toward self-improvement and service began when she was a dental hygienist in the Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati Health Department. In 1985 she moved to the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment to help people, and has since received awards for outstanding service and dedication to the profession.

She then began focusing her service skills around the world. In South Africa, Moye found a desperate need for her expertise on how to help people recover from alcoholism. “The end of apartheid was followed by a lot of unemployment and stress. Some people coped by using alcohol. Even those with jobs on farms had trouble because farm owners would partly pay their workers with wine.”

While Moye makes her trips to teach others, she says she learns a lot herself. “Living and working with people gives me a lot of respect for them. You can learn from each other.”

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