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Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging Names New Executive Director

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging names new Executive Director in a search led by Standish Executive Search.

Pam Zagorski comes to SVCOA with over three decades of experience in healthcare and non-profit human services financial and administrative management. Most recently, Zagorski served as Chief Administrative Officer for Seacoast Mental Health center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For the previous ten years she was Chief Financial Officer for Community Enterprises, a nonprofit human services agency based in Northampton, Massachusetts that supports individuals with disabilities in five states. Zagorski was instrumental in implementing Community Enterprises’ merger with a similar agency in 2017 to form Viability, Inc. Prior to this, she worked for several healthcare organizations in contracting, business development and financial management, and for a healthcare consulting firm.

She is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. She has also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the Western New England College School of Law.

In speaking about the essential Executive Director role and the challenging recruitment environment, Howard Cohen, Chair of the SVCOA board search committee, shares that the organization engaged Standish Executive Search to lead the recruitment.

Cohen comments, “This is a critical role for our organization and for our region. We recognized that the pool of available talent for this position was extremely limited, as is our experience with executive recruiting. Standish guided our hiring and stayed with us and Ms. Zagorski to support her integration into our organization. We were very fortunate to have Standish partner with us to realize a right and lasting outcome in a very challenging recruitment environment.”

SVCOA is a critical community force in creating and sustaining opportunities for elders and caregivers in Southwestern Vermont, to help assure that elders can maintain maximum independence and quality of life. With offices in Rutland and Bennington, Vermont, SVCOA offers a wide range of support, services and programs for older Vermonters, caregivers, and volunteers.


Stan Davis is the Founding Principal of Standish Executive Search, a New England-based firm that advises business owners, executives and boards who are positioning their companies for accelerated growth, change or succession.

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