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Who We Are

Our Staff

Jayne Colino
Jayne leads "the team" and supervises the staff of the Department of Senior Services. She guides the Center on a daily basis with an eye toward the future. Jayne also staffs the Newton Council on Aging, a citizens group appointed by the Mayor to identify and meet the needs of the  seniors in the community.
Contact Jayne if you would like to discuss the needs of seniors in the community and how the Center can help.
Alice Bailey
Executive Administrator
Alice’s organizing skills keep the Center running smoothly. She works to ensure that the Center is a safe and comfortable environment. She keeps our data, keeps us in supplies, processes the finances and keeps the building ship-shape. Alice also oversees our transportation program, providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, houses of worship and other destinations. Alice also oversees our Durable Medical Equipment Program. Contact Alice
Ilana Levine
Program Coordinator 
Ilana develops and oversees all programmatic aspects of the Senior Center. She writes the Coming of Age newsletter, which details upcoming programs and is distributed to all 60+ households in Newton. In addition to creating new programs, she coordinates with current program leaders about ongoing issues and changes. Ilana is responsible for the Senior Services website, the Facebook page, and the 55+ section of the Newton TAB (the local newspaper).
Sandy Lopes
Case Manager
Sandy assists Newton residents of all ages in providing resources and services needed. She can help with documentation needed in accessing public benefits and services such as housing, financial assistance, long term planning, home care resources, safety planning, and more. In addition, she assists the individual and/or family with problem solving and advocacy in her office at the Newton Senior Center or in their homes, if needed. Sandy attends various meetings, trainings, and events to promote and maintain professional relationships to support Newton residents.
Emily Kuhl
Case Manager
Emily assists Newton residents with finding resources and services that meet their needs. She meets with individuals at her office at the Senior Center or in their homes, if needed. She can help with long term planning, home care resources, safety planning, caregiver support, public benefits support, and more. Emily works with individuals in Newton of all ages and needs. She assists the individual and/or family with problem solving and advocacy. Emily attends various meetings, events, and trainings to promote and maintain professional relationships with local resources, such as the West Suburban Area Alzheimer's Partnership.
Rachel Nenner-Payton
Direction of Social Services
While new to the Senior Center, Rachel is not new to Newton. A licensed social worker, she has been working with residents of the City of Newton for over eighteen years. She supervises the two case managers at the Senior Center, and works closely with the Director of Senior Services and the Interim Commissioner of Health and Human Services. Rachel keeps her eye on the needs of residents and provides programming and interventions in a thoughtful and systematic way. In addition to offering case management services to residents across the lifespan, she manages grants, and participates in coalitions, committees, and task forces. Her office is located in the Health and Human Services Office in Newton City Hall.
Linda Johnson
Administrative Assistant
Linda offers support with administrative tasks and keeps our database updated. Her work is critical in providing information necessary for funding reports and daily functions of the Center. Linda is here mornings Monday-Friday and can be found on the Mezzanine.
Custodial Staff Custodial staff Ken Doucette and John Flynn contribute to the Center's clean, safe, comfortable environment that is so important to our mission.
Corps of Volunteers The Newton Senior Center’s Corps of Volunteers is an amazing team of over 200 individuals who share their skills, wisdom and interests to create a very special environment at the Center. We have volunteer teachers, caterers, bingo callers, singers, musicians, receptionists, data entry, store clerks, handymen, and lunch site helpers. The list of volunteer opportunities is endless. If you have an interest or skill, we’d love to have you volunteer for us.
Council on Aging The Council on Aging is a group of interested volunteers appointed by the mayor to serve the needs and improve the quality of life for all Newton seniors focusing on outreach, advocacy, education and legislation.
Contact Jayne Colino at 617-796-1671 to reach the Council on Aging.

Lucy Bedigian
Lunch Site

The Newton Senior Center offers lunch Monday-Friday, through the Federal Lunch Program, under contract with Springwell. Diners are offered a choice of hot or cold entrees five days a week. A donation of $2 is suggested, per lunch, and reservations should be made by 11:00 a.m. the previous day by calling the main number at 617-796-1660.

We hope this brief introduction helps you see what makes the Newton Senior Center such a special place in our community. Come by and visit!