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In the news: Sylvia Exantus

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In the news: Sylvia Exantus
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Sylvia Exantus, chief financial officer at Central Boston Elder Services Inc. (CBES), has been appointed acting executive director of CBES as the board of directors searches for a new executive director.

Michael A. Vance, CBES CEO since November 2018, has stepped down from the organization’s top leadership position.

A member of the executive team, Exantus has led Central Boston’s financial affairs since 2018, as well as carrying out management responsibility for several other CBES departments. She holds a bachelor of accounting degree from Boston University, a certificate in management with a concentration in finance from Harvard University, and an MBA in organizational leadership from Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business.

“I am privileged to assume this leadership role at CBES as this all-important organization moves forward in providing care and support to our community’s seniors and those with disabilities,” she said. “CBES is always there for those who depend upon us, and we will not miss a beat in continuing to provide the critical services needed.”

Vance said his tenure at CBES was an honor and that he is proud of his role in continuing the expansion of the organization’s outstanding service to the elderly and disabled residents of Boston. Following decades of community service, including holding several high-level leadership positions at Action for Boston Community Development, he is retiring and planning to spend more time with his family.

Tony Francis, CBES board president, praised Vance for his leadership and welcomed Exantus as acting executive director.

“Mike provided outstanding guidance to this large and all-important organization,” he said. “We wish him the absolute best in retirement. We are so fortunate to have Sylvia Exantus, with her management skillset, to step in and ensure a seamless transition as the board searches for a new Executive Director. We are grateful to all members of the board and staff for their unwavering support during this transition.”

Central Boston Elder Services was founded in 1974. The organization provides high quality, responsive, supportive services and programs to the elderly and the disabled in need of health and human services, so that they can remain self-sufficient and, in their homes, and communities. CBES programs are available to residents living in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill, North Dorchester, North Jamaica Plain, South End and Roxbury. Funding for CBES Home Care Programs is provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.