Staff & Volunteers


J SmithJohn M. Smith, Executive Director- He earned his Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Administration in 1981 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has been the Executive Director of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging since January 1990 and previously held the position as Director of two other agencies in Southern Illinois that serve older people; Gold Plate Program of Perry from 1978 to 1985 and Williamson County Program on Aging from 1985 through December 1989.

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, he functions as the chief executive officer of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging. He directs the planning, organization, development, and coordination of area-wide programs, activities, and services for older persons; and provides leadership and advocacy on behalf of older persons in the Agency planning and service area. He is the primary contact with the Board of Directors and is a broad gauge manager with an administrative oriented background having a thorough understanding of social services and the requirements for dealing with the public in the delivery of the services. The Executive Director employs and supervises all of the employees of the agency with the Board's knowledge and consent.


K VelardeK. Velarde, Fiscal Manager- She functions as the chief financial officer and has the primarily responsibility for agency fiscal matters and general office management. She provides technical assistance on fiscal matters to staff; advises the Board and Executive Director on the financial status of the agency; and directs the activities of assigned agency staff. She is the agency's financial contact with funding sources. This position requires a thorough understanding of financial accounting and reporting requirements and the ability to convey that knowledge to others.

S SmithS. Smith, Fiscal Assistant- She has the primarily responsible for maintaining all agency general accounting records, including preparing payroll and necessary tax-related reports, employee benefit and leave records, checks for disbursement of agency funds, check registers, all supporting documentation for related transactions, and posting and maintaining all accounting journals and ledgers for both agency operations and service provider activities.

G JohnstonG. Johnston, Program Manager- She functions as the chief operating officer and has the primary responsibility for carrying out the programs, evaluation, needs assessment, and area-wide planning activities. She insures that these activities are coordinated with the Agency's service providers. She is the agency's program contact with funding sources. She directs special projects that meet the needs of older persons, their caregivers, and people raising the children of their relatves.

P CreekP. Creek, Program Coordinator- She has the primary responsibility for maintenance of the agency's relationships with senior centers. She monitors and provides programmatic technical assistance to senior center, including keeping them informed of the status of available service funding, program developments, and any problems. She is also responsible for planning activities in the development of the Area Plan, including representing the agency advisory councils, committees, associations, boards, and other meetings.

R ReevesR. Reeves, Program Coordinator- She has the primary responsibility for coordinating services that protect the rights of older adults and people with disabilities. These services including the Adult Protective Services, Ombudsman, Legal Assistance, and Culture Change-Pioneering. She monitors these services and provides programmatic technical assistance, including keeping them informed of the status of available service funding, program developments, and any problems. She is also responsible for planning activities in the development of the Adults Rights in the Area Plan.

S BlankenshipS. Blankenship, Medicare Counselor- She has the primary responsibility for helping people who have Medicare find and apply for prescription drug plans and medical insurance supplemental plans. She responds to requests for assistance from Medicare beneficiaries and individuals nearing eligibility for Medicare.

Overton, T 2018A PritchettA. Pritchett, Veterans Program Director, and Tina Overton, Veterans Program Coordinator- They have the primary responsibility for maintaining the agency's relationships with the Marion & St. Louis VA Medical Centers, veteran's organizations, and programs for veterans. They are responsible for the agency's Veteran-Directed Home Care service. This is a home-based care program, directed by the veterans and their representatives who hire and supervise their in-home caregivers, including family members and friends who are hired to be caregivers.

D ChoinskiA NealA. Anderson, RSVP Project Director, and Diane Choinski, RSVP Program Coordinator- They have the primary responsibility for recruiting & managing volunteers who help with a variety of community projects and other agencies, such as:
  1. Deliver hot meals and food from pantries to the homebound
  2. Serve as companions for homebound elders
  3. Tutor school-age children in reading and math
  4. Provide public information on resident/client directed care and decision-making
  5. Provide public information on Medicare and Medicare fraud
  6. Help people with applications for public benefit programs

Contact the RSVP Project Director for more information about our volunteer opportunities.


D. Cutler, RSVP of SI volunteer- He has the primary responsibility to help people with the Benefits Assistance Application (BAA), which is an application for a discount on automobile license plates and helps with Medicare-related activities.

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