2018-01-18 / News

New senior coordinator begins role this Monday

After a four-month search, the town has named Betsey Anderson as the town’s new senior coordinator.

Anderson, 44, comes to the job with a history of working with senior citizens dating to 1996.

She was the town of North Kingstown’s assistant director of senior services and also worked for about seven years at a nursing home in the region.

She beat out four other candidates for a position that’s been vacant since Ellen Vietri stepped down in September after 2 1/2 years on the job.

Andy Wade, recreation director, said Anderson checked off several boxes for him, including having operated and created programming in a town for seniors, someone who can work with community groups and management experience.

He also liked that she “worked her way up inside that organization” from kitchen supervisor in North Kingstown to the role of assistant director.

“She has a passion within the field and worked hard to climb the ladder to an administrative position,” Wade said.

He expects the North Kingstown native will fit in well, meeting with her new constituency and listening to their ideas for new programs.

The town’s goal is to expand programs and services for its largest demographic “to address the needs of this growing population,” Wade said.

“I think she’s gonna come up with a lot of great ideas for suggested programs based on her previous experiences,” he added.

Anderson starts Monday and there will be an official meet-and-greet event from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the senior center, 6 West St. Refreshments will be provided.

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