VP of Administrative Services
Teresa Cook serves as the Agency's Vice President of Administrative Services. She has worked in social services for more than 22 years and has spent 18 years at the Area Agency on Aging.
Teresa has a comprehensive background in aging services and supports including service coordination, marketing, development, public speaking, and project management. She has written and administered multiple federal and state grants for both senior hunger and minor home modification. Her research, programming, and innovative outreach strategies for rural aging populations have been recognized at multiple national conferences on food insecurity, SNAP, and senior hunger.
Teresa is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist for Aging/Disability, and has undergone training to attain certifications as a Master Trainer for both Stanford University’s Chronic and Diabetic Self-Management Programs and for Matter of Balance falls prevention curriculum. She also serves as the Chair of the Homestead Board (Catalyst).
Why did you join the Area Agency on Aging?
I was working at Legal Aid as an intake specialist. At that time the only divorces assisted were domestic violence cases. Unfortunately, most of those involved children. It was heart-wrenching to talk to the women and see the children. I was bringing them home with me in my heart. One of the attorneys saw an ad for a Community Services Coordinator at the Area Agency and she felt it would be the perfect job for me. I agreed, and applied. In January of 2000, I started my career at the Area Agency on Aging.
What do you like most about your work at the Area Agency on Aging?
I can make a difference in someone's life.
Share a mission moment.
Every year the Agency collects new socks to be given to residents of nursing facilities. One year I had the opportunity to help deliver socks. I will never forget the smile on the face of a gentleman in a well-worn Ohio State University t-shirt receiving a pair of Ohio State University socks! Something we all take for granted, a pair of socks, was a true gift to him.