Senior Center Round Table: Meals – Our challenges, successes, and innovations!
This month, as we celebrate National Nutrition Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program, we invite you to join us in a peer networking round table event. We will share a few perspectives from around the country on the challenges, successes, and innovations in providing meals at our Centers now and moving forward. Then, we will break into smaller groups for interactive discussion.
Norwell Senior Center
Susan Curtin has 17 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of community settings. She is currently the Director of the Norwell Senior Center in Massachusetts and 2019 recipient of the NISC Program of Excellence Award for Community Development, Leadership and Intergenerational Programming. She serves as a Regional Representative and member of several committees with the Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA) and a member of the NISC Best Practices Team. Susan holds a MS in Gerontology with a concentration in Management of Aging Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
President and CEO
Jenna Hauss has spent the past 15 years working with older adults, and is dedicated to the continued growth of enhancing community-based services to best meet the demands of a growing population. Jenna has worked as a Social Worker and leader through a variety of clinical and community based settings. In 2018, Jenna became the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Community Based Services, supporting the executive leadership in their strategic vision and grant development opportunities throughout ONEgeneration. Her most recent transition to President and CEO comes with extensive history at ONEgeneration, allowing for a full –comprehensive understanding of the direction and growth opportunities that lay ahead, concentrating around supporting our most vulnerable communities. Jenna currently serves on the Accreditation board for the National Council on Aging and is the representative of California for the statewide leadership collaborative with the National Institute of Senior Centers.
Silver Linings at Old Bridge
Anahita Feltz is the manager of Silver Linings at Old Bridge, an Activity Center for Adults 60+ in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She serves as the chair of the Membership Committee for the National Institute of Senior Centers, while also being the NJ representative for the NISC Leadership Collaborative. Anahita has also been a Peer Reviewer for 5 years and her center just received its second accreditation. Locally, she serves on the Active Adult Committee of the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association. She hopes to revive a State Association of Senior Centers in New Jersey in the near future. On her downtime, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, playing tennis, cooking and volunteering.
Belchertown Senior Center
Jessica Langlois is the current Executive Director of the Belchertown Senior Center. She has over a decade of experience in working with older adults and prior to her current role, she held the position of Director of Senior Services at the Granby Senior Center and as a Protective Services Worker at Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. Jessica is a certified dementia practitioner and is on the board of several local non-profit organizations. Jessica has a BA in Criminal Justice & Psychology from American International College and her Masters in Criminal Justice from the same school. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her family.