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.

Courtney Hutchinson, MA, MSW, LICSW—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.

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. 

Andrew Suggs - Program Coordinator & Community Relations 

Margaret Hayes BS - Greenleaf Coordinator

Kathy Proctor MSW, LICSW - Outreach Coordinator

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.

Sarah Dolan - Greenleaf Activity Leader

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!