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David P. Stevens, Past Executive Director, 1994-2022

David P. Stevens was the incredible Executive Director and leader of MCOA for over 28 years. He was a tireless advocate on hundreds of issues impacting older adults in the Commonwealth including increasing opportunities for LGBTQ seniors, growing Healthy Aging initiatives, building up the SHINE program, working to reduce economic insecurity and expanding behavioral health services and supports across Massachusetts. David was the respected and admired advocate on these and many other issues up until his untimely passing on April 28, 2022 from cancer.

David was proud of MCOA and the entire network. The work that MCOA continues to do for older adults across the Commonwealth will always be possible due to David’s tremendous efforts for so many years.

The Team

Betsy Connell, Interim Executive Director

Strategic partnership building, leads and supports the agency’s goals and objectives, leadership  and oversight of Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams (EMHOTs); grant administration, development implementation and management of the agency’s budget and programs.

Kathy Bowler, Director of Member Services

Provides technical assistance to local COAs and new Directors by promoting regionalization, certification, and accreditation. Coordinates all of MCOA’s training and events (conference, workgroups, membership meeting, etc.). Oversees development and updating of training materials, as well as the Cultural Competency Initiative.

Kelly Burke, Director of Member Services

Provides technical assistance to local COAs and new Directors.  Coordinates transportation programs.

Susan Carp, Director of Member Services

Provides technical assistance to local COAs and new Directors.  Coordinates outreach programs.

Tara Hammes, Director of Member Services – Healthy Aging & Nutrition

Provides technical assistance on healthy aging, wellness and nutrition programs.

Patty Sullivan, Program Director, Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

Oversees the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiativ.  Liaison with Supportive Day programs. Manages UCLA Memory Training and Age-Friendly Programs. Liaison with MA Gerontological Association

Shari Cox, Fiscal Manager

Provides management of grants, payroll, audit oversight, accounts payable and receivable.

Lynn Wolf, Communications Manager

Manages all communications and publications including Briefs and Newsletters, emails and mailings, and the MCOA website, including all contact lists. Provides support for registration and conference. Provides program management for Falls Prevention and Fitness Programs.

Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

116 Pleasant Street, Suite 306
Easthampton, MA 01027
 
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138