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Council on Aging announces new executive director

Elizabeth Williams is the new executive director of the Council on Aging. Elizabeth Williams is the new executive director of the Council on Aging.

The Council on Aging for Henderson County announced Wednesday that Elizabeth Williams was elevated to become the agency's executive director after serving in the role on an interim basis.

Williams will lead the Council on Aging while also serving as executive director of MountainCare, a nonprofit providing adult day services in Buncombe and Henderson counties. She successfully transitioned MountainCare Adult Day from a large healthcare organization into a stand-alone, independent agency. She then assumed leadership of the Council on Aging, streamlining administrative functions for both organizations.

“It is a privilege and a joy to be the new executive director of Council of Aging for Henderson County," she said. "This organization has a long history of providing valuable and comprehensive aging services to older adults in our community."

Williams believes in supporting older adults and their caregivers by providing services that promote independence, dignity, and options. She offered end-of-life care and case management for three family members, which inspired her professional work with the aging population more than 15 years ago. Elizabeth is a leader in local and statewide aging initiatives and is currently involved in finding ways for nonprofit organizations to develop healthy partnerships for long-term sustainability.

“Elizabeth’s vast experience and skills perfectly align with our vision that No One Ages Alone," Council on Aging Chair Sally Buchholz said. "Under her leadership the COAHC will continue to move forward, to work to not only meet the needs of seniors today, but to get ready for those challenges that lay ahead. We are thrilled that Elizabeth has joined our team and look forward to working with her moving forward.”

“I am excited to join this stellar team of professionals, volunteers, and supporters who share a common vision of empowering older adults to live healthy, happy, and independent lives," Williams said. "I hope to bring my experience, skills, and enthusiasm to this role, and to learn from the wisdom and insights of our clients and partners. I am committed to leading this organization with passion, integrity, and collaboration, and to creating positive change for older adults and their families.”