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October 19, 2020 CVCOA 2.5 min read

Executive Director, Beth Stern Leaving CVCOA After 30 Years of Service

Oct 19 2020, 8:18 AM

Executive Director Beth Stern departing Central Vermont Council on Aging after 30 years of service

Barre, VT (October 16, 2020) Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) Executive Director Beth Stern is leaving the agency after thirty years of service effective October 31, 2020.

“On behalf of the Central Vermont Council on Aging Board of Directors, we wish Beth all the best. Beth is committed to supporting older Vermonters. The Board of Directors is actively recruiting for a new executive director. In the interim, two members of CVCOA’s senior leadership team will serve as co-executive directors,” stated Emily McKenna and Rebecca Wright, Co-Presidents of CVCOA’s Board of Directors.

Beth Stern is one of Vermont’s leading experts and advocates for a comprehensive and coordinated system of services and supports which respects the dignity and self-determination of older Vermonters. Beth joined Central Vermont Council on Aging in 1990 as a case management supervisor, then as case management director and was appointed Executive Director in 2005. Under Beth’s leadership, Central Vermont Council on Aging transitioned to a model of highly trained case managers and information and assistance specialists of today who often deal with complex issues facing older clients and their families. During Beth’s fifteen years as executive director, CVCOA developed a family caregiver support program; expanded educational and communications outreach; expanded a network of community partners to provide more direct services such as meals on wheels and transportation; expanded and professionalized volunteer services and improved the professionalism & sustainability of the agency through training, policy development, and the diversification of funding resources. Beth also led the effort to launch the Vermont Association for Area Agencies on Aging and served as its president, working to improve and unify statewide advocacy for older Vermonters. Beth Stern served on the National Association for Area Agencies on Aging Board of Trustees, the DAIL Advisory Board, Central Vermont’s Accountable Community for Healthcare (THRIVE), and The Health Center (of Plainfield) Board of Directors.

Beth stated, “It’s been an honor to work at Central Vermont Council on Aging for over 30 years. I can’t imagine working with a more dedicated staff, or for a more important mission. I will miss CVCOA, the Barre community, and my co-workers, but I am excited to continue to work on behalf of Vermonters in the next phrase of my career.”

Beth will be joining the Vermont Senate staff of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders as an Outreach Representative in his St. Johnsbury office.

Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) supports Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice, assisting older persons in leading healthy, independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their homes and communities in 54 central Vermont towns. If you or an older loved one needs assistance, please call the CVCOA Help Line at 1( 800) 642-5119, visit the CVCOA website at or email [email protected]. Central Vermont Council on Aging’s main office is located at 59 N. Main Street, Suite 200 in Barre with regional offices in Morrisville, Randolph, South Royalton, and Rochester.