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New JABA director has a vision for the future of intergenerational programming

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

Teresa Jones, Jefferson Area Board for Aging's Louisa manger, works with youth and seniors.

Teresa Jones, Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s Louisa manger, works with youth and seniors.

For many years, the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center and the Jefferson Area Board of Aging have worked together to provide activities for community members of all ages. They now have a new member of their team, Teresa Nelson, who is serving as the manager for Louisa Operations.

Nelson received an associate’s degree in gerontology and a bachelor’s in gerontology and business administration, both from West Virginia University. She also has a master’s in gerontology from Brenau University.

Before coming to Louisa three months ago, Nelson worked with the Bureau of Senior Services in West Virginia for three years. She was also manager for a non-profit agency that managed people who worked in the homes of seniors.

Nelson has about 20 years of experience working with seniors, and  eight working with children. She took the position at the Betty Queen Center because of the intergenerational programming.

“There’s not a lot of those in West Virginia. Actually, I only know of one,” Nelson said. “I love working with all the seniors, and the children coming together.”

As manager for the Louisa Operation, Nelson is the face of JABA for Louisa County. She manages the preschool, adult care center, community center and the kitchen area.

So far, Nelson said her favorite aspect is the intergenerational programs that JABA offers. There are several programs available that bring together all three groups that Nelson oversees.

“Watching them learn from each other is great,” Nelson said. “It’s just wonderful to watch them interact.”