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Navae Fenwick Rodriguez Takes Over as Interim Director of Council on Aging Text Size

Council on Aging Director Kathy Bowler recently announced that she will be leaving her position to take on a statewide position working with senior centers across the Commonwealth. She brings a wealth of experience to the job, and will seek to help other communities replicate the great successes of Holyoke’s Council on Aging. Her last day was Friday, January 2.

As a community focal point for aging services, the Council on Aging provides a variety of programs and services to enhance and support the lives of older adults. The Council offers a wide range of health, education, wellness, social services, transportation, nutrition, recreation, volunteer and social opportunities for participants to enhance dignity, support independence and encourage community involvement. It is also a resource to the community providing information on aging and assisting family and friends who are entrusted with the care of older adults.

“I thank Kathy Bowler for her exemplary public service. She has served our city’s seniors with integrity and devotion. Perhaps most significantly, she oversaw the transition of the Senior Center from the basement of the War Memorial to the new, state-of-the-art senior center that now serves hundreds of seniors per week. Senior centers across the Commonwealth will benefit greatly from her experience and expertise,” Mayor Morse said.

Navae Fenwick Rodriguez will take over as interim director while a search for a new director is conducted. Rodriguez is a long-time employee of Council on Aging, and has strong relationships with both the seniors and the staff. She also serves as a volunteer on a number of city boards, and is the chair of the Holyoke Local Cultural Council.

“I have every confidence Navae will be a highly capable director and will be a great help as we transition to a new director,” Mayor Morse said.

Susan Aiken, a member of the Council on Aging Board, is pleased with the direction of the Council. “Kathy did a good job. She left a good foundation for the senior center,” Aiken said. “Navae will make an excellent interim director. With Navae’s help in this transition, I know there are great things in store for the Council on Aging.”


Posted on January 12, 2015 by