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. 


Susan Ruskin Friend, Chair2023Joan Heilbronner2025
Linda M. Johnson, Vice Chair
2024Wayne Johnson2023
Margaret Ackerman
2022Jean MacQuiddy2025
Betsey Brew Boyd
2023Carol Ott
Jane Donnelly
2023Elliot Palmer
Leslye Fligor
2022Geraldine Scoll
Robert Froh

Associate Members

  • Vida Goldstein (June 2022) 
  • Alice Benson (June 2022)
  • Thomas Nicholson (June 2022)
  • Shirley Small-Rougeau (June 2022)
  • Teresa Young (June 2022)