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SCV Senior Center names new director

Posted: September 1, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: September 1, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Rachelle Dardeau

 


The Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging has named Rachelle Dardeau as the new executive director of the SCV Senior Center.

Dardeau, who will begin Sept. 6, will oversee the only senior center in the Santa Clarita Valley, which provides programs and services to senior and disabled clients. Along with daily lunch service, the center provides more than 300 meals a day through its home delivery program for local senior citizens.

Dardeau is a 15-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley and holds more than 25 years of experience in developing and administering programs for seniors.

She lists enhancing senior-volunteer opportunities among her goals.

“One of the ways we can help serve our seniors is help them to serve others,” she said. “There are needs in the community that seniors can fulfill.”

Along with serving seniors who face health problems and are homebound, the center wants to expand its programs for active seniors who want to remain involved in the community.

The Committee on Aging, a nonprofit organization that benefits the Senior Center, selected Dardeau after an extensive search for an executive director.

“Ms. Dardeau’s leadership qualities will bring a new vitality to the center,” said Don Kimball, board president. “Her unique background includes both nonprofit and for-profit business experience that will ensure efficient and quality
service delivery.”

“I am excited to be able to apply my experience in such an important organization in Santa Clarita,” Dardeau said in a statement. “It is my goal to make the Senior Center and its services an asset to everyone in this community. We have a lot of wonderful things ahead of us.”

Dardeau holds a Master’s of Science degree in clinical psychology and neuropsychology from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Master’s of Social Work from Louisiana State University.

She has served as program director of the Specialized Ambulatory Geriatric Evaluation program at Sherman Oaks Hospital and the director of regional offices for the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter.

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