An Ashland resident has been chosen to fill the newly created position of Ashland Senior Program superintendent, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) announced Thursday.
Isleen Glatt, currently a training and outreach coordinator for the Medford-based Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice, was selected from among 48 applicants from all over the nation, according to an APRC announcement, which says she will “fulfill the intent of the restructuring process for the Ashland Senior Program.”
That expansion will go beyond the services established at the Ashland Senior Center to focus on the goals of fostering healthy aging throughout Ashland, providing its large population of older adults and those who care for them with information about and referral to aging services, and serving as an advocate and spokesperson about the needs of Ashland seniors, according to APRC.
Glatt has a master’s degree in public health from San Jose State and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social studies from Brown University and more than 20 years of experience in health and human services,
Members of the Senior Program Advisory Committee (S-PAC) were part of the selection committee that conducted interviews with seven highly qualified finalists and were unanimous in the selection decision.
“Isleen brings a background in aging services, program management, support for families experiencing bereavement and care giving challenges, volunteer management and community outreach and collaboration,” said Michael Black, director for APRC. “Elevating the program to a division of APRC and adding this additional layer of expertise will assist older residents of Ashland in securing and maintaining maximum personal independence and physical and emotional well-being.”
“As a resident of Ashland, member of the Senior Advisory Committee of our regional Area Aging on Aging, and facilitator of an Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Caregiver Support Group held at the Ashland Senior Center, Isleen already has an existing network of relationships in aging services, which will accelerate the progress in promoting an age-friendly Ashland,” added Mike Gardiner, chair of APRC.
As senior services superintendent, Glatt will work under the direction of Black as one of three APRC superintendents and in coordination with the commission and city staff, with the advice and support of the Senior Program Advisory Committee.
Her start date is Aug. 6, and her office will be at the Ashland Senior Center on 1699 Homes Ave.
“Our elder years offer opportunities for personal growth as well as challenges to our health, well-being and finances. I am excited that Ashland is supporting expansion of the services that have been offered at the Ashland Senior Center to extend healthy aging throughout our community. The benefits of the program expansion accrue to all residents: seniors, their families, and all who would prefer to age in a town that helps seniors thrive. I look forward to meeting existing users of the Ashland Senior Center and working collaboratively with stakeholders in our city and region,” said Glatt.
She’ll start at the lowest rung of the parks superintendent pay scale, earning a salary of $76,000 a year, approximately $15,000 more than the former Senior Center director, but with an expanded scope of responsibilities, Black said.