Office for the Aging


Greene County Honorees

Rebecca Shields Rebecca Shields has devoted more than a decade of service to her community.

She is a senior companion, a member of the Community Action of Greene County Senior Advisory Board and the Catskill Mountain Housing Community Advisory Board, and she volunteers for the Community Hospice. Additionally, she is an active member of the of Second Baptist Church where she enjoys singing in the choir. A talented crafter, she participates as a Catskill Crafter where she makes home-made items for those in need.

Rebecca says she got started volunteering because she really wanted to help those around her that were struggling with serious illnesses, and has really enjoyed meeting new people and working with Hospice. She says: "It does not matter what the religion or skin color is of the person whose hand I hold; what matters is reaching out a hand to others."

Rebecca is a native New Yorker, born, raised and currently residing in Catskill. A former bank employee, she now enjoys spending her time volunteering and with her family - three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren!

Visit NYSOFA's 2014 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.

Stephen Tuomey Stephen Tuomey has spent his life in service to his community. He currently serves the spiritual needs of his community as a parish council member for the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

He is President of the Senior Bowling League where he encourages other seniors to be physically active, and enjoy their recreational life. A member of the Mountain Golden Agers senior club, he serves as Treasurer, and also coordinates monthly theater trips, excursions, and vacations.

Additionally, he has coordinated area annual flu shot clinics for seniors, and he participates in the AARP Driver Safety Program.

Stephen began volunteering with polio patients after high school, to be of-service to patients and to explore the field of physical therapy. He shared that he appreciates the personal satisfaction of being of service to my fellow citizens. Stephen has spent nearly his entire life in service to the physical, recreational, and spiritual life of others.

Stephen retired from the Department of Transportation. He has three surviving children. Stephen lost a son, who at age 21, while serving in the US Air Force, gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He has three grandchildren.

Visit NYSOFA's 2014 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.