Central Boston Elder Services Appoints Michael Vance as CEO

Michael Vance
November 26, 2018 — Central Boston Elder Services, a Boston nonprofit that provides supportive services and programs to the elderly and the disabled in need of health and human services, recently announced Michael Vance has been named chief executive officer.

Vance succeeds Catherine Hardaway, who stepped down after serving as executive director of Central Boston Elder Services (CBES) for 20 years.

CBES Board President Beverly Ann Rock said, “We know the vital contributions Michael has made to the Boston community and our most vulnerable neighborhood residents during his years at Action for Boston Community Development. We are very fortunate to now have the benefit of his strategic vision and outstanding program development skills here at CBES.”

Prior to joining CBES, Vance served as vice president of field operations ABCD in Boston for 20 years. He joined ABCD as an assistant director at the Mattapan Family Service Center in 1993. In 1999, he became vice president of field operations, responsible for 17 Boston neighborhood sites, supervising directors and operations managers. Many of the sites provide elder services programs ensuring hot meals for seniors, assistance with housing and health care issues, fuel aid, and tax assistance.

He also supervised and had budget responsibility for ABCD’s Community Coordination, Housing, and Homelessness departments; oversaw the annual toy drive/Adopt-a-Family program; represented ABCD on multiple community boards; implemented creative staff development programming via the Providers Council collaboration; and managed the tax assistance program which returns millions annually to low-income families.

“I am deeply honored by this outstanding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our older residents and those with disabilities who deserve a helping hand to live with dignity and function at their full potential,” said Vance. “Central Boston Elder Services stands ready to work with families, caregivers and community and corporate partners to reduce social, economic and health disparities for those we serve.

"In this critical time, as our huge wave of baby boomers age, we need to work together to ensure that needed programs and services are in place.”

Vance earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Tufts University and a Master of Science degree in management from Lesley University. He serves on more than a dozen community and corporate boards.

During her tenure, Hardaway built a new headquarters for staff and 57 units of low income elderly housing in Boston, while the agency revenues grew from $4 million to $62 million.

Founded in 1974, CBES currently is one of 27 home care corporations also known as Aging Access Points (ASAPs) affiliated with the Massachusetts Executive Offices of Elder Affairs.

CBES provides services ranging from personal care to home delivered meals to residents living in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill, North Dorchester, North Jamaica Plain, South End and Roxbury.