News Release — Central Vermont Council on Aging
April 8, 2015
Director of Development and Communications
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Barre, VT (April 8, 2015) – The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) is pleased to announce that Angela Smith-Dieng has joined the organization as its inaugural Executive Director.
In this role, Ms. Smith-Dieng will work to leverage the collective abilities of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to better serve Vermont’s senior communities. She will work to help AAAs to become more efficient in service delivery, identify service innovations that could be replicated in Vermont, and oversee statewide programs including the Veterans Independence Program and the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP).
Additionally, Angela will give voice at the state level to AAAs and the seniors they serve, enhancing the public understanding of the role of the member agencies, their resources and expertise. Her advocacy on behalf of Vermont’s seniors will put her in an excellent position to work with policy makers to promote policies that support healthy aging.
Announcing her selection, Beth Stern, President of V4A and Executive Director of Central Vermont Council on Aging, noted: “The five agency directors are thrilled to begin working with Angela in this exciting, new position of Executive Director of the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging. We had a number of qualified applicants and Angela rose to the top with her past experience working in social services, directing volunteers, and in building coalitions. Her energy and enthusiasm will go a long way in bringing Area Agencies on Aging into the public eye and raising the level of awareness about aging in Vermont.”
Prior to joining V4A, Ms. Smith-Dieng served as the Adult Nutrition Initiatives Manager at Hunger Free Vermont, and has held positions serving vulnerable populations in New Jersey and Washington, DC. She was Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middlebury College and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro.
The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging is comprised of 5 independent non-profits that respond to the needs and directions of elders and their families, supporting them to lead healthy and independent lives for as long as possible.
We offer information and assistance in many areas affecting older people and connect them to options for caregiver support, health insurance counseling, transportation, senior nutrition programs including meals on wheels, adult day programs, home health services, housing alternatives, exercise and wellness programs.
Find the agency that serves your region at VermontSeniors.org or call the Vermont Senior HelpLine at (800) 642-5119.