Rochester Council on Aging Staff

Board of Directors

  • Gordon Helme, President
  • Mike Cambra, Vice-President
  • Beverly Brewer Secretary
  • Ruth Phillbrook, Treasurer
  • Patricia Ryan, Member
  • Jackie Demers, Member
  • Woody Hartley, Member
  • Sue Norton, Member
  • Christine Watling, Member

Staff Members

  • Sharon Lally, Director
  • Edna Holstrom, Program Assistant
  • Carolyn Gray, Program Assistant
  • Barbara Medeiros, Meal Site Coordinator
  • Nancy Mello, Breakfast Program
  • Andrea Meunier, Fitness Room Coordinator
  • Jan Estes, Marketing/Social Media Coordinator
  • Gordon Helme, SHINE Counselor
  • Barbara Francis, Van Driver
  • Rene Rivet, Van Driver
  • Mike Rocha, Van Driver
  • James Dexter, Custodian
  • George Smith, Custodian


Sharon Lally, Director of the Rochester MA Council on Aging (COA)

Sharon Lally became Director of the Rochester Council on Aging (COA) in March 2006. She previously worked as the Director of the Needham COA for eight years, and also Director of the Duxbury and Andover COAs, giving her a total of 23 years experience with the Council on Aging and Senior Center network.

Sharon has also experienced the development and operation of a new Adult Day Care Facility in Hingham and a Social Day Care in Andover. Prior to the COAs, Sharon worked for fourteen years in the nursing home setting in Therapeutic Recreation and as Instructor for Activity Certification Courses. During those years, she obtained her Master's Degree in Gerontology from New Hampshire College and her Nursing Home Administrator's License in Massachusetts.

Sharon's experience also includes a brief stint at Lesley University's Threshold Program, where she taught human services vocational skills to students with learning disabilities. She acquired her Bachelor's Degree from Framingham State College in Home Economics Secondary Education. Sharon is a MCOA (Massachusetts COA Association) Certified Senior Center Director and a Past President of MCOA. She was also a Massachusetts Delegate-At-Large to the National Institute of Senior Center's Delegate Council, a constituent unit of the National Council on the Aging.

Ms. Lally was born and raised in the SouthCoast Massachusetts area, and now resides with her husband in Middleboro, MA.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9 AM at the Rochester Senior Center. All Rochester residents are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to bring an issue to the meeting should contact Sharon Lally, Rochester Council on Aging Director, at 508-763-8723 AT LEAST one week prior to the meeting. Residents also have the opportunity to express their concerns/ideas/opinions at the meeting during the "Public Comment" portion of the Board of Directors meeting.


Currently, the Rochester Council on Aging is fortunate to have over 150 dedicated volunteers of all ages, who do so much to enhance our total senior center operation. If you would like to volunteer with us, either stop by the Senior Center and pick up your Volunteer Packet and register with us, or simply complete and submit the online Volunteer Application and someone will be in touch with you soon!

Volunteer positions include working with the Breakfast Program, as well as many other positions. We are also open to other ideas for volunteering that would benefit our seniors.