Kathryn C. Boles (Kathy), the President, CEO of the Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA) has worked in the field of aging 1990. Kathy began her tenure at VAAA as a consultant for the nutrition programs. In 1991, she became the Senior Program Coordinator, having oversight of the agency’s Multi-Year Plan development, contract management, as well as continued oversight of the nutrition programs. In 1998, she prepared the grant application which expanded the MI Choice (Medicaid Waiver) program to Valley Area Agency on Aging. Later she was designated as the MI Choice Waiver Director, having oversight of all aspects of developing the “Waiver” program, including hiring Waiver staff and provider pool development.
In 2001 she was named Deputy Director of VAAA, and appointed President, CEO in FY 2004. Since then she has moved the Agency forward by raising community awareness of VAAA and implementing several unique programs serving older adults and their families in Planning and Service Area (PSA) 5. VAAA’s service area consists of Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties.
As the President, CEO of VAAA, Ms. Boles has been responsible for implementing the following:
- A Quarterly Valley News e-newsletter
- Valley Alerts
- Vacation Respite Program
- Big Wheels Deliver Meals – Elected officials and community leaders delivering meals to Home Delivered Meal clients in Genesee County
- Senior Power Day (over 2,000 seniors attend each year)
Ms. Boles has brought into VAAA an unprecedented number of grants and additional funding opportunities which have benefited the region:
- Keeping Independent Senior Safe (KISS)
- MI Capable Pilot Project
- Michigan Health Endowment Fund for Evidence Based Programs
- Care Transitions 3026 funding opportunity through CMS.
Ms. Boles has made great strides in stepping up VAAA advocacy efforts by increasing participation of the “Senior Power Day” event, making it one of the largest senior events in the State. In 2005, Governor Jennifer Granholm attended this event, resulting in the highest attendance in the history of this yearly event.
Ms. Boles is active in civic and professional organizations serving at the local, state, and national level, such as the Zonta Club of Greater Flint, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – (a public service sorority), and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, serving on its Board of Directors and elected President for 2017-2018. Other organizations include the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan, the Board of Trustees for the Flint Institute of Arts as a secretary for 2017, a Board Member of the McFarlan Charitable Corporation, a Board Member of the PACE program, and Board Member of the Genesee Health Plan.
Ms. Boles served as guest lecturer on aging programs at the University of Michigan – Flint, as well as Mott Community College.
Ms. Boles holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.