Council on Aging

The Board guides and directs the programs and initiatives of the Council on Aging/Senior Center. Members also participate in committees and special programs initiated by the Board. 

Current Interests

Updated November 18, 2021

  • Support the enhancement of transportation options for older adults.
  • Further development of supports for caregivers.
  • Improve public awareness of COA programs and resources.
  • Promote diversity of housing options for older adults.
  • Increase opportunities for social interaction for older adults.
  • Collaborate with the schools and other organizations in town to provide inter-generational programs.
  • Foster communication and understanding of the COA's mission among Town boards and elected officials.


The COA board members are appointed by the Select Board and its members serve for four-year terms and may only be reappointed once. 


Linda M. Johnson, Chair2024Susan Ruskin Friend2023
Joan Heilbronner, Vice Chair2025Wayne Johnson2024
Brian Kardon2026Jean MacQuiddy2025
Betsey Brew Boyd
2023Carol Ott
Jane Donnelly
2023Prather Palmer
Robert Froh2023Susan Pauker2026
Paul Foley2026

Associate Members

  • Vida Goldstein (June 2023) 
  • Alice Benson (June 2023)
  • Thomas Nicholson (June 2023)
  • Shirley Small-Rougeau (June 2023)
  • Gerri Scoll (June 2023)