CHATHAM, NJ - The Senior Center of the Chathams announces that Executive Director, Pam Mansfield will retire at the end of the year and Julie Reich, M.S. will take on the role following a brief transition period.

“I’m beyond excited to join the Senior Center of the Chathams," Reich said. "I’m eager to be part of such avibrant community and I look forward to meeting and working alongside everyone – and to expanding the mission of keeping seniors connected.“

“The Board of Trustees thanks Pam Mansfield for her commitment and dedication to fulfilling the Center’s mission for nearly 14 years," Jim Connelly, president of the board of trustees for the senior center, said. "While it is difficult to say goodbye to our talented executive director, Pam’s tenure has been a time of great growth for the Center. She has guided the expansion of our programs, increased the number of visits to the Center, strengthened connections with donors and supporters, helped to renovate and update the space, and built enduring relationships with the seniors who participate in our activities. We will miss her and wish her well.

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"We are pleased to announce that Julie Reich will take over as Executive Director in January. She comes to us with a vast amount of experience in the non-profit realm, most recently serving as Director of Administration, WomenRising, Inc. and, prior to that, as Director of Special Programs and New Business Development at SAGE Eldercare. She will bring a wealth of experience, ideas, and an abundance of enthusiasm to the Center.”

“The people of the Senior Center – the seniors, the staff and Board, and many volunteers – make the place a special one," Mansfield said. "I will always treasure my time here. I will miss everyone but know that the Center is in good hands with Julie Reich."

Founded in 1990, The Senior Center of the Chathams is a 28-year old independent 501(c)(3) organization that welcomes older adults from Chatham and the surrounding communities with opportunities to socialize and build friendships - and to participate in a variety of fitness classes and educational and social programs. The Center also runs discussion groups, door-to-door transportation service for those who don’t drive, and an information and referral service for a variety of geriatric issues including home health care needs, changes in Medicare, and assisted living options. There is no membership fee, and most programs are offered for free, while others involve only a minimal charge thanks to individual donations, grants, and fundraising events that benefit the organization. Its mission is to encourage the independence and well-being of seniors and their families in the greater Chatham area by connecting them with each other and the community at large. Non-Chatham residents are also welcome to participate.