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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.

Our Team

Betsy Connell, 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.

 Maddie Noonan, Assistant Director

Manages multiple projects including Service Incentive Grant (SIG) initiatives, Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) programs and other grant funded programs and projects. Serves as the Agency liaison for various taskforces and commissions. Assists the Executive Director with legislative advocacy and the development and management of the annual budget.


Kelly Burke, Director of Member Services

Provides technical assistance to local COAs and new Directors.  Coordinates transportation 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 Initiative.  Liaison with Supportive Day programs. Manages UCLA Memory Training and Age-Friendly Programs. Liaison with MA Gerontological Association



Paula Hersey, Digital Communications & Website ManSmiling grey haired Paula Hersey with a blurred harbor backgroundager

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.

Shari Cox, Fiscal Manager

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


Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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