The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 13, 2005


Selectmen name Williams as new COA Director

On Tuesday the Board of Selectmen accepted the resignation of Beth Winn as Council on Aging (COA) Director. Winn, who served as director for a scant two months, said in her letter of resignation that she was finding it very difficult to juggle the COA job with her bookkeeping clients and family life.

The Selectmen voted 5-0 to appoint Jane Coleman Williams of Maple Street to succeed Winn as director. Williams holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and has worked in the Westford School system for the last 34 years. She and her husband Bert have lived in Carlisle for about seven years, where she has served on the Old Home Day Committee, the Carlisle Historical Society board of directors and on the Bicentennial Committee.

Winn's appointment followed the earlier resignation of Liz Jewell, who left the COA in February after serving as director for eight years. When Selectmen inquired as to the status of the present chairperson of the COA, Peggy Wang, they were informed that she also abruptly resigned on May 4, citing poor treatment and hostility from some of the members. Selectman Chair Tim Hult worried about the recent resignations at the COA and promised to look into the matter.

Contacted later, COA board member and previous chair Verna Gilbert vigorously affirmed that the COA was strong and and thriving. While the COA will miss Winn, Gilbert said, council members understand the work-family pressures that she was under. "We are very excited to have Jane as the new Director," Gilbert continued. "She and Outreach Coordinator Susan Evans, along with a very active and involved board, will make an excellent team."

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