NEK Council on Aging announces new Options Counselor

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging recently announced that Linda Caamaño will join as Options Counselor.

The Options Counselor is responsible for both office and field-based work, management of calls sent from the information and referral helpline staff, and the delivery of person-centered options counseling to clients in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.

“We are excited to welcome Linda back to her hometown of St. Johnsbury,” said Meg Burmeister, Executive Director. “As a former volunteer manager for hospice, she is well accustomed to finding solutions for those in need.”

Caamaño served as the Volunteer Manager, Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence County in New York.

She recruited, trained, and managed both direct and indirect volunteers for patients in nursing homes and home environment programs.

She also assisted with event planning, marketing, and general office management.

Caamaño served as a Health Educator for five years developing and coordinating evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs throughout St. Lawrence Valley, NY.

Her passion for dogs led her to serve as a puppy evaluator for Guiding Eyes for the Blind leading to the start of her own business Take the Lead Obedience and Behavior Training.

She developed, promoted, and conducted group dog obedience classes and private consultation services.

“I enjoy teaching, interacting with people, and working to help others,” Caamaño said. “Outside of work, my passions are dogs, horseback riding, outdoor activities, and family. My home has always been Vermont and I am happy to be back in the Northeast Kingdom.”

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