Hadley Senior Center director Travisano moving on

  • Senior Services Director Suzanne Travisano, right, is seen with state Sen. Jo Comerford, at the June groundbreaking of the town’s new Senior Center. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/18/2019 4:47:57 PM
Modified: 7/18/2019 4:47:39 PM

HADLEY — Suzanne Travisano, who has overseen the Hadley Senior Center since 2013 and was instrumental in the successful push for a dedicated building for the town’s senior citizens, will depart from her position later this summer.

On Wednesday, Travisano submitted her resignation, effective Sept. 6, to the Select Board.

Travisano told the Select Board she is leaving the position to spend more time with her family and that she departs as Hadley’s senior services are running well.

“We’re in a good place, we’re able to give more services, more caring and more peer support and social engagement than we ever have before,” Travisano said.

Membership in programs has grown since she arrived in July 2013, replacing Jane Wagenbach Booth, after she served as director of the Northfield Council on Aging. She pointed with pride at helping foster a culture of being a participant-owned community, which she said gives seniors a feeling that they have more say in how programs are run.

Earlier this year, the senior services programs, long run from the former Hooker School building, moved to the parish center at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, where they will remain until the new $7.1 million, 10,350-square-foot senior center opens, likely next spring.

She told the Select Board the senior center is in good hands, with Violet Suska serving as program coordinator and Lauren Hannigan as community outreach coordinator.

“You have a tremendous staff working for you for the town of Hadley,” Travisano said. “I’m going to miss them.”

Among other achievements during her tenure were starting the senior workoff program that helps seniors abate their local taxes, purchasing a new van and finding drivers for it, and establishing a Friends of the Council on Aging group that has served as fundraising arm.

Council on Aging Board Director Marguerite Wilson said seniors will miss Travisano.

“She’s done a lot — she’s worked very hard and we’re really going to miss her,” Wilson said.

Select Board Chairman Christian Stanley complimented Travisano on the good job she has done with the programs and operations of the senior center.

The Friends of the Council on Aging will have a thank you and goodbye reception for Travisano Aug. 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Catholic church’s parish hall.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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