Executive Director, Meg Burmeister

About Us

The organization traces its roots to 1974 when the Northeastern Vermont Development Association secured a grant to launch Project Seniors in St. Johnsbury. This was the second program of its kind in the state and offered a gathering place for older Vermonters to share a meal and visit with their neighbors.

By 1979, and with funding from the Older Americans Act, together with local and state resources, the program had grown to meet additional community needs in Caledonia, Orleans and Essex Counties. Civic leaders formed a Consumer Board to shepherd efforts to create the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging, Inc., a registered non-profit corporation doing business as the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont.

In 2014, the agency marked its 35th anniversary. Following a comprehensive, long-range planning initiative, the strategic decision was made to advocate under our legal name. As the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging, we support the decisions of older Vermonters to choose the kind of person-centered care that best meets their goal of remaining in their chosen community. We also support veterans, adults living with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers. We continue to promote good nutrition as a way of life while encouraging both volunteerism and wellness as new directions for living well.

Our programs and services continue to grow and diversify in response to the changing needs of the population that we serve. One example is our involvement with the Caledonia-Southern Essex Accountable Health Community, a network of partners established in 2013 to improve residents’ health and well-being. To learn more about our Collective Impact Project, please visit: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/nurture-people/collective-impact.

Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging Annual Reports

2014 NEK Council on Aging Annual Report

2015 NEK Council on aging Annual Report

2016 NEK Council on Aging Annual Report

2017 NEK Council on Aging Annual Report

Thank you to all who donated to this years Tree of Lights below you will find those honored in this years ceremony.

2016 Tree of Lights Memorial List




Executive Director

Meg Burmeister

Council Staff

Care Options

Deborah Locke-Rousseau, Director of Case Management

Case Managers

Heidi Baker

Laura Weaver

Lynn Goulding

Carolyn Granai

Lucy LeMay

Kimberly Emery

       Information & Referral 

Dawn Mitchell

Kim Rivard

Options Counseling

Jennifer Kidder

Robert McMaster

Development and Communications

Helen-Chantal Pike, Director

Family Caregiver Support Program

Nancy Oakes, Director

Nutrition Program

Lallie Mambourg, Director

State Health Insurance Program

Andrea Labor, Counselor

Community/Team Support Specialist

Pam Smith

Volunteer/Wellness Programs

Patricia Beckwith, Senior Companion Program Coordinator

Karen Budde, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator 

Administrative and Technical Support

Suzy Broome, Fiscal/Bookkeeping Coordinator

Jodi Lessard, IT Specialist

Mary Jane Miller, Executive Administrative Assistant

Kelly Sawyer, Management Information Systems Coordinator

Board of Directors

Jon Fitch, St. Johnsbury, President

Betsy Millmann, East Burke, Vice President

Mary Jean Thielen, McIndoe Falls, Treasurer

Dave Miller, St. Johnsbury, Secretary

Caroline Frey, St. Johnsbury, 

Kathy Hemmens, Hardwick

Susan Montague, St. Johnsbury

Barbara Morrow, Sutton

Margaret Healy, St. Johnsbury

Constance Sandahl, St. Johnsbury

Elizabeth Nelson, West Glover

John Riley, Chief Fiscal Officer

Advisory Council

Leo & Jean Beaulieu, St. Johnsbury

Don Bostic, St. Johnsbury

Irwin Gelber, West Barnet

Kathy Joslin, East Concord

George Pierce, Barnet

Sharon Henault, Island Pond

Louise Rader, St. Johnsbury

Laural Ruggles, St. Johnsbury

Libby Hillhouse, Danville

William Kilgour, Concord


You can call us on the statewide, toll-free number: 1-800-642-5119. Or, e-mail us with our names in the message line at info@NEKCouncil.org.