Amherst names new senior center director

  • Hayley D. Bolton, currently Bernardston’s Council on Aging director, had worked with Amherst Survival Center. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Monday, November 29, 2021

AMHERST — Hayley D. Bolton, Bernardston’s Council on Aging director since 2019, will become Amherst’s director of Senior Services beginning in January.

Town Manager Paul Bockelman announced Wednesday that Bolton will succeed Mary Beth Ogulewicz, who left the position in August to become chief of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit at the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Helen MacMellon, a program director and social worker, has been the acting director.

Bolton previously served as the food pantry manager at the Amherst Survival Center and staff manager at Craig’s Doors, the agency that oversees the Craig’s Place seasonal overnight shelter.

Bockelman said in a statement that Bolton is thoughtful as she seeks ways to have more voices heard. He pointed to a signature accomplishment by Bolton in Bernardston as the creation of a pop-up food pantry to address food insecurity and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pantry has provided 90 households, or about 200 people, with fresh produce and other foods each month.

“She has extensive experience in recruiting and managing volunteers with a broad range of skills,” Bockelman said. “She is organized and communicates with patience, understanding and active listening. She intends to bring her experience in outreach and sensitivity to socioeconomic issues to Amherst.”

Bolton’s current job involves operations at the Bernardston site, including planning and implementing programs and activities for seniors, coordinating interdepartmental programs, writing and managing grants, conducting outreach and performing wellness checks. She is also responsible for managing a building that houses a nonprofit organization.

Bolton earned a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Massachusetts.

The screening committee was made up of Human Resources Director Donna-Rae Kenneally as its chairwoman, as well as Matthew Berube, head of information services at the Jones Library, Kathy Bowler, director of member services at the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, Jennifer Moyston from the town manager’s office and Jacqueline Smith-Crooks, a member of the Council on Aging.