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Senior Services of Northern Kentucky Announces New Leader

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky has named a new executive director.

Jay Van Winkle took over for Ken Rechtin on June 16.

Van Winkle, a Newport resident, will leave his current role as Managing Director of Keylingo Translations, a business to business professional translation service that his family launched in 2011. Prior to Keylingo, Van Winkle was the National Vice President of Development for the National Kidney Foundation. 

“Senior Services' vision is to help seniors live well and age well.  Jay will be excellent at helping to direct that vision,” said Mark Palazzo, Chair of the Senior Services Board of Directors, in a news release. “This role is vital for ensuring that seniors in our region receive the transportation, meals, advocacy, and care they need to age in place and Jay’s ability to develop a long term vision while executing on immediate needs coupled with his extensive knowledge of our region made him the ideal candidate.”

Van Winkle will lead a staff of 80 as well as 150 committed volunteers who provide much needed services designed to keep adults healthy and self-sufficient in their own homes. Senior Services is most widely known for the Meals on Wheels program which delivers over 300 meals each weekday. 

“I am excited to join Senior Services and look forward to enhancing the programs and services provided for our seniors and to gain expanded support for the community we serve,” Van Winkle said in a news release.

Van Winkle is extremely involved in the community including the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Northern Kentucky, the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, and the Miami Valley International Trade Association.

“It’s rare to find someone that has the leadership and experience in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds like Jay has,” said Palazzo.

Van Winkle replaces Ken Rechtin, who served as Interim Executive Director for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky for two years. Rechtin, a Campbell County Commissioner is running for Campbell County Judge Executive against incumbent Steve Pendery in November.

Photo: Jay Van Winkle (provided)