Friends of Wellesley Council On Aging
Barbara Peacock-Coady, Vice President
Barbara retired from her position as Manager of Career and Workforce Planning at MIT in 2007. Since her retirement Barbara has been an avid supporter of the Wellesley Council on Aging (COA), initially as the Coordinator of Wellesley's It Takes a Town Committee (ITAT), a group dedicated to enhancing the lives of Wellesley residents 50 and over. In 2010 she held a grant-funded position as the Volunteer Coordinator for the COA during which she initiated the development of the Volunteer Drivers Program. She remains an active volunteer for the COA scheduling rides and driving for the Volunteers Drivers Program, membership on the Transportation Committee, providing coverage as for the Senior Lunch Program and other duties as needed.
While at MIT she designed and delivered programs specific to older workers that contributed to MIT receiving the AARP Award for Best Employers for Workers Over 50 in 2003, 2005 and 2006. In recognition of her innovation she was awarded an MIT Excellence Award for Making MIT a Great Place to Work.
A strong advocate for lifelong learning, she pursued her formal education in mid-life receiving a B.S. in adult development and an M.A. in career development systems from Lesley University. Her research includes work force trends for aging populations, implementing retirement transition programs in academia and successfully managing transitions across the lifespan.
The Friends of Wellesley Council on Aging is non-profit organization operated right here in Wellesley. We were founded in March 2013 and are filing to become a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our purpose is to seek donations through memberships, fundraising events, sponsorships and/or corporate gifts to financially assist the Wellesley Council on Aging. These funds help provide programs and services and otherwise advance the welfare of senior citizens in Wellesley.
The founding board members of the Friends of the COA are shown below.
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Joan's early career was spent working as a nurse. Subsequently, she became a Psychologist, working primarily as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in Boston. Her specialty was Infertility & Adoption Issues. She holds a BS from University of Massachusetts, an MS from Boston College & a Psy.D. from William James college, formerly known as The Massachusetts School of Psychology.
Joan retired early because of some chronic health problems. Searching for intellectual stimulation and collegial relationships, she was happy to find a nascent organization, the Friends of the Wellesley Council On Aging. Joan feels passionate about her volunteer work with the Friends. Joan's other main interests include B&W photography, jazz and cats. She is also an amateur political junkie who is active with the Wellesley Democratic Town Committee. She has a grown daughter who resides in a nearby town.
Peter and his wife Beverly have lived in Wellesley for over 40 years, with their three children completing their studies within the town’s excellent school system. During their children’s school years he was active in youth activities, and now in retirement dedicates his volunteer time to the Council on Aging and with SCORE, the organization of retired business executives who furnish free consulting services to small businesses and start-ups. After graduation from Babson College, much of his business career was spent as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for United Electric Controls Company, manufacturer of industrial process control and plant safety instrumentation. He led the development and management of the company’s marketing and sales channels, worldwide, with particular emphasis on new and developing industrial economies and markets. As part of the team of volunteers with the Friends of Wellesley Council on Aging, he looks forward to the challenges of helping develop funding resources that will be applied to expanding and improving programs and services for Wellesley seniors, as well as increasing visibility and awareness of the COA throughout the community.