ADTS NEWS


We need your help with the Rockingham County Aging Plan Needs Assessment! The Rockingham County Planning Committee for Services to the Elderly is asking for your input in assessing the needs of people 60 years of age and older in the county. Your input, combined with the responses from other Rockingham County residents, will guide the development of a County Aging Plan. Your individual feedback will be averaged into all the responses received in order to protect your anonymity and ensure your responses are completely confidential. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your input is valued!


Aging, Disability and Transit Services of Rockingham County is proud to announce that it has received a $10,000 Respite Care grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The Respite Care Grant Program recognizes family caregivers and the vital role they play by supporting nonprofits that address the episodic respite care needed to prevent caregiver ‘burn out’.

ADTS will use the grant to provide respite care for families with individuals with paralysis through participation at our L.E.A.F. Adult/Day Health Center or in-home care.

If you are a family member or caregiver of a person with paralysis or mobility issues and would like to enquire about receiving respite care through this grant, please contact Asheley Cooper at the L.E.A.F. Center - 336-347-2328 (main) or 336-347-2366 (direct).



Aging, Disability & Transit Services of Rockingham County (formerly Council on Aging) is thrilled to announce that Deputy Director, Meggan Odell has been recognized by Mass Transit Magazine as one of this year’s top 40 industry leaders. Mass Transit, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation, has announced the ninth annual Top 40 Under 40 list, honoring those professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in her position and innovation in the field. “Millions of people utilize public transportation every year, relying on it to transport them to work, school, medical appointments, and social and sporting activities,” says Mass Transit Publisher Emily Guill. “The individuals chosen for this year’s list have an eye for innovation and show a strong passion and commitment that exemplifies the best of the best.” Executive Editor Leah Harnack adds, “It was challenging to narrow it down, but we are confident that this list of professionals will continue to play a significant role in public transportation for decades to come.” In Rockingham County Meggan has created a model for rural public transit. Over the past 5 years, she has spearheaded dramatic growth in our transit program with the addition of skat, the fixed route bus system and the consolidation of Medicaid transportation services. Meggan’s comprehensive knowledge and experience was instrumental in convening the many dedicated people that were necessary to bring this service to our community. Thousands of riders have used the system to date; in fact, we are happy to share that last fiscal year our consolidated transportation services provided more than 105,000 trips across our county! As one of the 2017 winners of this significant award Meggan will be showcased in the September/October issue of Mass Transit magazine and online at www.MassTransitmag.com


ADTS is pleased to announce the promotion of Meggan Odell to the position of Deputy Executive Director. Employed with ADTS since October 2004, Meggan is a native of Rockingham County and graduate of Reidsville High School and North Carolina A and T State University. Previously serving as the Senior Director of Transit, Meggan spearheaded dramatic growth within our transportation programs through the addition of a fixed route bus system and the consolidation of Medicaid transportation services, creating a model for rural public transit in North Carolina. Meggan brings a strong background in areas of program development and administration; policy formulation and implementation and contract negotiations and monitoring. ADTS Executive Director, Cathy Powers states “Meggan has demonstrated leadership through action, modeling a resolute work-ethic and unparalleled attention to detail. Her skills, experience, and dedication are tremendous assets to ADTS and I am excited about her new role at the agency.”


We are happy to announce that Cheryl Albrecht has joined our team and will serve as the new leader at the Center for Active Retirement. Cheryl brings a strong background in areas of program development and administration, having significant experience in senior center administration and aging services. We welcome Cheryl to our team and we are excited to see what the future holds for our Center for Active Retirement!