Friday, May 19, 2006
COA director to step down
Jane Williams, the director of the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA), has resigned effective June 30 for personal reasons. Williams said, "It was a very difficult decision," and added, "I've really enjoyed the opportunity" to work at the COA. She has realized that remaining in the job would not allow her enough time to travel with her husband, who is semi-retired. She said, "I'd like to remain with the COA, but on a voluntary basis. It's a very worthwhile organization." Williams has held the post since last July. The COA provides programs and services for Carlisle's elders.
The COA board has formed a search committee, which is advertising the position and will be accepting applications through the end of May. Verna Gilbert, a member of the committee, said they hope to have a new hire in place before the end of June. Other members include: Jim Elgin, Tom Dunkers, Marj Stickler and Jane Williams.
The director works 19.5 hours per week for the town doing administrative and supervisory work for COA activities. The director coordinates with other town departments and the COAs of neighboring towns, prepares grant requests and supervises COA employees and volunteers. Williams says, "It is a great job."
The COA recently hired Angela Smith as outreach coordinator, a 16-hour-per-week post concentrating on contact with the town's seniors.
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