Welcome Shelley Modestow Rice, new COA Coordinator

For the last several months the Search Committee (three COA board members and select man Steve Smith) has been very busy seeking a new coordinator. At long last we are very happy to announce the appointment of Shelley Modestow Rice as our new Coordinator.

And now, here is Shelley’s story of how this came to be…

Hello there, my name is Shelley Modestow Rice and I’m honored to serve as your new Coordinator for the Council on Aging. I grew up in the beautiful town of Worthington and was fortunate enough to return to this little slice of paradise. I have wonderful memories of this town which usually included following my father around to his dental practice at the health center, spending summers at the Swim & Tennis Club, enjoying butterscotch sundaes on the golf course patio, sledding and skating our winters away, playing basketball at the town hall and the list goes on and on… My memories run deep and it’s great to be back and still see many familiar faces.

Now a little bit about me: I’ve recently retired from the Army Nurse Corps after serving thirty years (14 moves) on active duty. My experience includes working in many diverse health care organizations, programs, and projects for the Army Medical Department. My assignments were always challenging but rewarding as we improved patient care and clinical services in both garrison and deployment environments. I had the opportunity to live in many locations across our great country. I was fortunate enough to be stationed overseas in Germany and Italy. Along with that were my deployments in support of Desert Shield/Storm, Kosovo and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout it all, our mission in the Army Nurse Corps and the Army Medical Department were steadfast—taking care of America’s sons and daughters, supporting our warfighters, and providing world-class healthcare to our service members, their families and our veterans. I am a proud mother of two newly appointed Army Officers, 1st Lieutenant Trevor Rice, Infantry, and 2nd Lieutenant Christina Rice, Military Police.

I would describe myself as a positive and results-driven individual with a great track record as a military officer. I’m very passionate about people, health and wellness and living life to its fullest. In my opinion, taking care of one another, communication and team work is the lifeblood of any community. I look forward to serving you and promise to add to the continued success of this council.