Director of Elder Affairs
Jan is responsible for supporting and providing emotional, social, recreational and health activities throughout the city of Springfield for the senior residents. Jan Rodriguez-Denney determines and formulates policies and provides overall direction in implementing these activities in a variety of avenues. These avenues include seven senior centers, SHINE program (a program that helps seniors navigate the health insurance options), Senior Net (computer education program), Mature Worker (retraining and employment placement program for older workers), and Social Service Outreach Program. She oversees federal, state and local government funding, as well as plan, direct and coordinate these funding streams at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate managers. Rodriguez-Denney advocates and works collaboratively with public and private agencies on issues affecting the quality of life needs facing the senior population. Rodriguez-Denney serves on the Board of Partners for a Healthier Community, Springfield Food Policy Council, Regional Employment Board, Y.W.C.A, Incorporated Emerson Wright Foundation, Greater Senior Services, Inc and Springfield College Board, Gray House and Take and Eat program. Jan Rodriguez-Denney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from American International College and resides in Springfield.