Commissioners Appoint New Director of Area Agency on Aging

York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly today appointed Mark Shea as the new director of the York County Area Agency on Aging.

Shea will replace outgoing Director Dianna Benaknin, who will step down Friday.Mark-Shea

Shea, 46, came to the County in December 2003 as an Aging Care manager and rose through the ranks before being appointed Deputy Director in September 2013. The North Codorus Township resident served three years in the U.S. Army with the military police before attending York College, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science.

“Mark has a deep understanding of the Area Agency on Aging and the needs of our older population,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “His experience and dedication will prove invaluable as that segment of our community continues to grow in the years ahead.”

Shea said his primary goals as director are to position the agency to maintain or expand upon its services to older York countians. To succeed, the Agency will need to adjust to a new managed care structure for service delivery and diversify its funding streams to increase revenue.

“We are going to explore every avenue to ensure our seniors continue to receive top-notch services,” Shea said. “It’s our responsibility as an agency, and as a community, to ensure older York countians can age comfortably and in their own homes whenever possible.

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