Florida: COA appoints new Senior Center director


FLORIDA — The Florida Council on Aging has announced the appointment of Antoinette M. "Toni" Alizio as director of the Florida Senior Center. Alizio succeeds Donna Hartlage who retired on July 29.

Alizio holds a bachelor of social work degree from Regis College. In addition, she holds certificates of training from the Alzheimer's Association, has served on the advisory board of the Department of Mental Health and on the Human Rights Committee of Northern Berkshire Mental Health.

Her experience includes serving as program coordinator for the Supportive Day Program for the Adams Council on Aging. She has worked extensively as a case manager, outreach coordinator, classroom training specialist, and advocate for elder clients.

Alizio lives in Adams with her husband, Aaron Bieniek, a media specialist at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

"The Florida Council on Aging is extremely excited and honored to welcome Toni as our senior center director," stated Frances Bedini, spokesperson for the Council. "Her extensive talents and expertise working with the senior population will be of great benefit to the town's seniors."

Town seniors and community members are invited to meet the new director at a special reception to be held at the Florida Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Light refreshments will be served.

Sept. 7 will also be the re-opening day of the senior center and offer seniors the opportunity to sign up for activities planned for September. The center will be open at 9:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


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