Senior Center News

New Staff Joins the Bath Community Senior Center

After nearly four months of posting employment ads for a Director at the Bath Community Senior Center (BCSC) with little to no response, Chief Administrative Officer Jenn Chestnut struck gold when Alicia Wrights submitted her interest in the position. After an interview was conducted with Jenn, Interim Director Nancy Johnson, BCSC Local Council Chairwoman Mary Susan Blankenship, and BCSC Local Council member and VPAS Board director PY Henry on March 10, it was obvious Alicia was the perfect match for the position.

Alicia has years of diverse experience with older adults including working as a Home Care Aide and Home Care Manager, Medical Records Director, Human Resources Manager, and most recently as Office Assistant at the Bath County Chamber of Commerce.

Alicia will join BCSC in her new role effective April 3.

Recruitment for a new BCSC Van Driver, after former Van Driver Hap Darragh left his position in February, also led to Jenn striking another pot of gold when Kathy Boguess submitted her interest in the position. Like Alicia, after Jenn, Nancy, Mary Susan, and PY interviewed Kathy, it was obvious another perfect match was made.

Kathy has years of experience working as an Office Manager and Customer Service representative, and has tremendous passion for working with older adults.

Kathy will join BCSC in her new role effective March 31.

Enormous thanks are extended to Nancy Johnson who has served in the Interim Director role for the past four months. Without her commitment and support over the past four months, BCSC’s doors would not have remained open; she truly is a shining star. And thanks are also extended to Highland Service Coordinator Harmony Leonard who has served more recently in the Interim Director role one day a week, and to Mary Susan and PY for their ongoing support over the past four months.

Alicia and Kathy are the perfect match for their respective positions and VPAS could not be more thrilled with the new team at BCSC. Exciting changes are in store at BCSC with this dynamic duo!!!





Bath Community Senior Center Director Submits Resignation

Bath Community Senior Center Director Laurie Altieri, who joined VPAS and BCSC on Sept. 12, announced her resignation on Oct. 23.

Laurie will remain in her position until a new director is hired. Recruitment to fill this position will begin shortly.





Kicking Off a Healthy and Fit October at Bath Community Senior Center

The members of Bath Community Senior Center kicked off a healthy and fit October last week by resuming their weekly Thursday visits to the Bath Community Rehab and Wellness Center in Mitchelltown.

Trainers Candice and Millie had Center members moving and grooving and even doing dance steps in time to Motown music. On October 7, the Bath members greeted favorite nurse Jackie Baughan from the Bath County Health Department and, in keeping with their “let’s stay healthy” trend, lined up to receive their annual flu shots.

As one member cheerfully observed, “We are so blessed to have Jackie–I didn’t even feel that!”

Many thanks to Jackie and the Bath County Health Department for service well rendered every year to the seniors in Bath County.





New VPAS Staff Join Highland and Bath Counties

In July of this year Bath Highland Regional Director and Case Manager Kathryn Coit assumed a new position of Outreach Specialist in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, Rockingham Regions. Kathryn continued to serve as the Case Manager in Bath and Highland until a new Bath Case Manager and a new Highland Case Manager was hired. Recruitment efforts to hire two Case Managers resulted in no interested applicants who applied. A month after Kathryn moved into her new position, Bath Highland Senior Transportation Coordinator Dorothy Stephenson announced her resignation, leaving her position on September 6. Shortly after Dorothy’s resignation, Bath Community Senior Center (BCSC) Director Joyce Ryder announced her resignation, leaving her position on September 4.

These changes created two unique opportunities in Bath and Highland Counties:

  • The Highland Case Manager and Highland Senior Transportation Coordinator positions were combined into a new position called “Highland Service Coordinator.”
  • The BCSC Director, Bath Case Manager, and Bath Senior Transportation Coordinator positions were combined into the existing BCSC Director position.

By combing these positions, both the Highland Service Coordinator and the BCSC will become the trusted source and focal point for service delivery for older adults and their caregivers.

Recruitment for these positions began late August.

In Highland County, Highland Senior Services Local Council Chairwoman Sharon Hevener and VPAS Chief Administrative Officer Jenn Chestnut selected candidate Harmony Leonard for an interview on September 5. Sharon and Jenn were very impressed with Harmony’s prior work experience and her tremendous passion and commitment for living and working in Highland County; they knew she was the perfect individual for the position after the interview concluded.

On September 10, Harmony was welcomed to VPAS as the new Highland Service Coordinator. She will start her new position on September 17 working with Waynesboro Case Manager Effie Ward and training with Jenn in Monterey the following week. Harmony’s enthusiasm for her new position is contagious.

In Bath County, BCSC Local Council Chairwoman Mary Susan Blankenship, Local Council member PY Henry, Local Council and BCSC member Pat Davenport, BCSC Director Joyce Ryder, and Jenn Chestnut interviewed three candidates on September 3. The interview panel was very impressed with the candidates who interviewed for the position, but one candidate stood out from the rest.

On September 11, Laurie Altieri was welcomed to VPAS as the new BCSC Director. She will start her new position on September 12 working with BCSC Substitute Director Nancy Johnson, working with Staunton Case Manager David Taylor and Staunton Senior Center Director Lynn Harris the following week, and training with Jenn at BCSC the week of September 23. Laurie is very excited to start her new position and hit the ground running.

Jenn, Highland Senior Services Local Council, BCSC Local Council members, and VPAS CEO Paul Lavigne could not be more thrilled to welcome both Harmony and Laurie to Highland and Bath Counties.

Individuals interested in learning about services available to them in Highland and Bath County should call Harmony at 540-468-2178 and Laurie at 540-839-5604, respectively.





Staffing Changes Reported in BH Newspaper

This week’s edition of the Recorder, the primary source of local news for Bath and Highland Counties, includes both a news article and Letter to the Editor, explaining changes underway in the Region: [Read more...]






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