Massachusetts Councils on Aging

Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness for Massachusetts older adults that makes our Councils on Aging welcoming places for all.

Councils on Aging (COAs) and our Senior Centers aren’t just buildings, they’re lifelines. 

They weave safety nets for older adults, empower voices, and build communities where growing older means thriving, not just surviving.


MCOA’s training and education support is essential to helping Councils on Aging and Senior Centers provide the highest quality services to older adults and their caregivers.

By empowering COA staff with the knowledge and skills they need, MCOA is helping to ensure that older adults in Massachusetts can age well and live independently in their communities.


MCOA champions older adults across Massachusetts, amplifying their voices through lobbying and advocacy. We fight for equal access to resources and opportunities, ensuring everyone can thrive in their communities.

Together with aging service partners, we advocate for funding, research, and support systems that keep older adults visible, valued, and empowered. 


As the voice of older adults in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) champions policies and programs that enhance the well-being of older adults and strengthens the capacity of local Councils on Aging (COAs). Through advocacy, collaboration, and resource sharing, MCOA ensures that older adults have access to the services and support they need to thrive in their communities.

While Councils on Aging and Senior Centers provide support services to older adults and their families and caregivers, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging provides support and training to, and advocacy for, the Councils on Aging statewide.

MCOA has had a rich history for more than 40 years , and has recently seen rapid growth. Advocating for Councils on Aging, MCOA has influenced increased Formula Grant local aid to the Councils on Aging, provided capacity building and technical assistance to the COA’s, and holds an Annual Spring Symposium as well as a Fall Conference, which has grown to be the largest of its kind in New England.

Today, there are 350 established Councils on Aging in Massachusetts, and MCOA has rapidly grown to accommodate their ever evolving and expanding needs.

VVACANT\Elected on June 15, 2023 at the Annual Meeting held at Wight Farm in Sturbridge

Title BOARD MEMBER District
Chair Emily Shea METRO
Vice Chair Susan Pacheco METRO
Past Chair Marge Yetman NORTHEAST
Secretary Mignonne Murray METRO
Asst. Secretary Janice Long METRO
Treasurer Brian O’Grady WEST
Asst. Treasurer Josie Dutil CENTRAL
Conference Co-Chair Jodi Zepke WEST
Conference Co-Chair Becky Moriarty WEST
Legislative Terri Marciello NORTHEAST
Certification Joanne Moore SOUTHEAST
At Large Amy Waters WEST
At Large Nancy Hill SOUTHEAST
At Large Randy Aylsworth METRO
At Large Sharmila Biswas SOUTHEAST
At Large Michelle Bratti SOUTHEAST


Northeast District: Yetman, Marciello
Region Municipalities Regional Representatives
Minuteman Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn Sharon Mercurio, Acton COA,
(978) 929-6652
Kristine Shah, Arlington COA,
(781) 316-3400
Mystic Valley Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winthrop Kristen Spence, Stoneham COA,
(781) 438-1157
Greater Lynn Senior Services, and SeniorCare Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Nahant, Rockport, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham Theresa Woodbury, Hamilton COA, (978) 468-5595
AgeSpan Amesbury, Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Chelmsford, Danvers, Dracut, Dunstable, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Marblehead, Merrimac, Middleton, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, West Newbury, Westford Pam Blaquiere, Boxford COA,
(978) 887-3591
Brienne Walsh, Merrimac COA,
(978) 948-7637
Jean Bushnell, Billerica COA,
(978) 671-0916
Southeast District: Moore, Biswas, Hill
Region Municipalities Regional Representatives
Coastline Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester Jackie Seney, Mattapoisett COA,
(508) 758-4110
Cynthia Wallquist, New Bedford COA, (508) 991-6251
Amy DiPietro, Dartmouth COA, (
508) 999-4717
South Shore Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Weymouth Linda Hayes, Scituate COA,
(781) 545-8722
Susan Curtin, Norwell COA,
(781) 659-7878
Old Colony Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater, Whitman
Emily Williams, Bridgewater COA, (508) 697-0929
Cape & Islands Aquinnah, Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Buzzards Bay, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gay Head, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, Yarmouth

Judi Wilson, Orleans COA,
(508) 255-6333

Kelly Howley, Barnstable COA,
(508) 862-4750

Bristol County Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Mansfield, North Attleboro, North Westport, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Westport Beverly Bisch, Westport COA,
(508) 636-1026
Laurie Pimentel, Swansea COA,
(508) 676-1831
Metro District: Shea, Pacheco, Murray, Long
Region Municipalities Regional Representatives
Springwell Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough Trish Pope, Marlborough COA,
(978) 485-6492
Amy Beck, Hopkinton COA,
(508) 497-9730
Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop Melissa Carlson, Boston AgeStrong Commission,
(617) 635-4366
Springwell Belmont, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston LaTanya Steele, Needham COA
(781) 455-7555
HESSCO Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood, Wrentham Lina Arena-DeRosa, Westwood COA,
(781) 329-8799
Kerri McManama, Walpole COA,
(508) 668-3330
Central District: Waters, Long, Dutil
Region Municipalities Regional Representatives
Aging Services of North Central Massachusetts Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, Winchendon

Debra Goodsell, Clinton COA,
(978) 365-9416

Bethany Loveless, Pepperell COA,

(978) 433-0326



Elder Services of Worcester Area Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, Worcester
Tri-Valley Bellingham, Blackstone, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Brookfield Kelly Bol, Northbridge COA,
(508) 234-2002
West District: O’Grady, Moriarty, Zepke
Region Municipalities Regional Representatives
Greater Springfield Agawam, Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales,
West Springfield, Wilbraham
Paula Dubord, Wilbraham COA,
(413) 596-8379
Erin Koebler, East Longmeadow COA,
(413) 525-5436
WestMass ElderCare Belchertown, Chicopee, Granby, Holyoke, Ludlow, South Hadley, Ware
Sherry Manyak, Chicopee COA,
(413) 534-3698
Highland Valley Amherst, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granville, Hadley, Hatfield, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Northampton, Pelham, Plainfield, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, Tolland, Westfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington
LifePath Ashfield, Athol, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately

Jennifer Remillard, South County COA (Sunderland),
(413) 665-2141


Elder Services of Berkshire County Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, Windsor Jim Clark, Pittsfield COA,
(413) 499-9346



Elizabeth (Betsy) Connell

Executive Director

Tara Hammes, RDN

Healthy Aging & Nutrition Manager

Patty Sullivan

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Manager, MCOA

Lisa Yane

Fiscal Manager

Madeline (Maddie) Noonan

Assistant Director

Hayley Wood

Economic Security & Outreach Manager

Paula Hersey

Digital Communications Manager

Kelly Burke

Member Services Manager

Andrea Cordis

Training & Education Manager

Donna Popkin

Project Support Coordinator