Meet the Staff

Doreen Arnfield, MA, LSW—COA DirectorDoreen A

Doreen Arnfield, (formerly Brothers) has served the Amesbury community for over 11 years and is the Director for the Amesbury Council on Aging. She also is a Licensed Social Worker and is trained in evidence-based programming; Chronic Disease Self-Management Leader, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and Healthy Eating for Successful Living Leader. With a background in Health education and Community Social Psychology, she has the passion and opportunity to assist in providing many different wellness programs to the growing older adult population. As Director she enjoys supporting her dedicated staff and the wonderful community collaborations that allow for great programming and services to the community’s older members … As important, is the capacity to assist seniors and disabled adults with accessing many resources like fuel assistance, food stamps, housing and transportation. One way she helps to meet those needs of the growing community is by teaming up with colleges to supervise interns who then work with elders doing outreach. Doreen is a member of the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Advisory Board. She is newly married and has 2 adult sons and one precious grandson.

Caitlyn Simpkins, BS, LSW - Greenleaf Coordinator

Caitlyn SimpkinsCaitlyn is a Licensed Social Worker who holds her BS in Criminal Justice from Salem State University and has many years of experience working with state and non-profit agencies.   Caitlyn enjoys working with older adults and loves learning from their wisdom.  Caitlyn has knowledge of Home Care system and various community resources.    Caitlyn is excited for the opportunity to work with the Amesbury community, especially the members and caregivers of the Greenleaf Program.    

Caitlyn has lived on the North Shore most of her life and currently resides in Salisbury with her husband and three dogs.

Courtney Hutchinson, MA, MSW, LCSW—EMHOT Program Manager

Courtney HCourtney is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a Masters degree in criminal justice and social work. After receiving her Masters in Criminal Justice back in 2006, and working various jobs with both the state and non-profit, Courtney decided that a Master’s in Social Work would better suit the population that she wants to work with (older adults). After working with people of all stages of life, infancy through end of life, Courtney has found her passion working with older adults that are struggling with mental health issues.

Courtney was born, raised, and has spent much of her life on the North Shore. Courtney currently lives in Salisbury with her son, daughter, and great dane Jaxson.

Doreen Corliss, BS—Outreach Coordinator

Doreen CDoreen was raised in Melrose Mass where she attend Melrose High School and received a Bachelors Degree from Westfield State College. Doreen currently lives in the Merrimac Valley area with her husband and five children.  I have over 18 years of experience in the Human Service field working at several non-profit organizations. While much of my experience has been working with children and adolescents in the Foster Care System, most recently I worked as a care manager at North Shore Elder Services providing case management, crisis intervention and support to the over 60 population. I am excited to join the Amesbury Senior Center and look forward to meeting and assisting the residents of the Amesbury Senior Community.

Donna Scott—Administrative Assistant

Donna SHello! I am very happy to be helping the Amesbury Council on Aging as your Part-Time Administrative Assistant. My education is in business and liberal arts and my professional background covers over twenty-five years of Executive Secretarial experience supporting financial executives and marketing managers. At work my strengths are organization and record keeping, document creation and editing, and person-to-person client service. On my own time, I enjoy a different path as a designer, artist, art teacher and a caregiver to menageries of pets.

When I became caregiver to my mom several years ago, I saw the needs of the elderly and have since been very interested in helping wherever I can. I'm very pleased to be able to offer my skills at Amesbury's Council on Aging.           

A proud mom of three young men and grandmother to five, my husband and I enjoy living near the beach in Salisbury. 

Ayako Tarbell - Greenleaf Activity Leader

My name is Ayako Tarbell. I have been working for the Greenleaf program for last 5 years. It has been my pleasure to be part of a program that has a warm atmosphere and wonderful staff. I am originally from Japan and came to the United States to attend Salem State University in 2000. I worked as an Assistant Director of one of the day programs of the Greater Lynn Mental Health and Retardation before I moved  to Amesbury. I had worked at a daycare for 6 years before I joined the wonderful work family of Amesbury Senior Center. I have a Bachelors degree in Economics. I enjoy doing many fun arts and crafts activities in the program and it is my pleasure to serve to the community.

Marie Garand - Greenleaf Activity Leader

Marie Garand Has strong ties to Amesbury (born and raised ), and is thrilled to join the Greenleaf team.She has over 20 year experience in personal Care and Management. She worked at Ashland Farms in North Andover as and RCA where she won many awards for her dedication to her clients and Human Nature Natural health in Portsmouth as a LNA and Assistant.Her skills include Management / Advocate for Clients needs/ Mentor and learning coach for new team members / Superior customer service / ADL/ A sincere desire to bring quality and compassionate care to those in need. She has 3 beautiful boys and now 6 grandchildren that are the center of her life ..she loves her work along with walking her dog and being outdoors and just living in every moment.

Nancy Hocking-McDonough - Operation Able Staff Member 

Nan Hocking-McDonough has resided in Amesbury for over 5 years and has been involved with the Amesbury Senior Center for a number of years, while also providing care and advocacy for her husband, with Alzheimer’s, who now resides in full time nursing care. In September 2018 Nan was hired by the center through the Operation Able Program. She has provided in-service trainings for bachelor and graduate level school interns in group processes and customer service skills and training for volunteer receptionists. In her role as Transitional Navigator for the newly launched Discovery Center and as staff in the Greenleaf Program Nan thoroughly enjoys serving and supporting individuals and the center in all of its efforts. Providing the best possible service and experience for seniors and participants at the Amesbury Senior Center is her priority. Nan holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Higher Education. Her career in these areas spans over 35 years until stopping her career to care for her husband in 2013. She is thrilled that her 2 sons and their wives have returned to the area to live and welcomed her first grandchild in September 2018 with great joy!    

Wendy L. Jones - Operation Able Staff Member 

Wendy Jones attended Art Schools in Boston before transferring to Montserrat College of Art in Beverly where she received her B.F.A.  Many creative jobs followed from a professional picture framer, sales in commercial picture framing moulding, freelance photography including The Trustees of Preservations, commericial photographic assistant, studio manager, and finally she had an opportunity to study as as optometric assistant fifteen years ago.  Wendy wears many hats at the ACOA from set up, host, and break down of many presentations, events, breakfasts, and luncheons. Wendy is personable, friendly, and helpful. She really enjoys the many tasks that she does at the Senior Center, especially the "Penny Mill" Thrift Shop. Wendy was born in Massachusetts and raised on the North Shore. She enjoys the ocean, mountains, art galleries, museums, and visiting many quaint towns in New England. 

Claire Dube - Operation Able Staff Member 

Born and raised in Gloucester, MA. Graduated from GHS Class of 74’. Studied Acting I, II, and Literature & poetry. After graduation, I worked part time as a secretary/receptionist. In 1976, I operated the business during the winter for the owner. In 1987, I finally married. Been married for 32 years. Have one son, and one cat. I love helping people but I am shy and pursing it! In 2014, I ended up in Amesbury seeking a more quiet and peaceful life. In 2016, I was directed to the Amesbury Senior Center who helped me kind a job training program called Operation Able. I have enjoyed working here since 2017 with a great staff!