The NEK Council on Aging is pleased to welcome Faith Therrein as the new Benefits Specialist and Cynthia Shelton as Case Manager. They will work out of the Council’s St. Johnsbury and Newport offices and cover a service area including Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties.

“The two positions will work closely with one another,” said Meg Burmeister, Executive Director of the NEK Council on Aging. “As the Benefits Specialist, Faith will connect elders with needed services and community supports including benefits applications, such as public benefits, health care, housing, and legal services. She will support staff such as Cynthia, our case managers and options counselors so our older Vermonters may continue to live as independently as possible within the framework of available resources and community supports.”

Therrein comes to the Council with over 16 years of experience in health and human services and community action.  She served as a case manager with NEK Community Action supporting the homeless by establishing case plans, mediating with landlords, managing crisis support, and offering referrals to area agencies. Her community action service included support for case managers dealing with older Vermonters and those with disabilities. 

Shelton, who graduated from Marlboro College with a B.A. in Writing, Art History, and Studio Arts comes to the Council after serving as a Nurses Aid and Physical Therapy Assistant in Sargent, NE and as the Activities Assistant at the Vernon Nursing Home. She has also worked for several organizations focused on, arts education, world and distance learning, and alternative fuels.