37 Pleasant Street | New London, NH | 603.526.6368

Meet the Staff


Kelley Keith - Executive Director

Kelley is a long time New London resident with her husband David and two children Kamryn and Jack. They share a home in our community with their Saint Bernard.

For 13 years, Kelley has addressed our neighbors' critical human needs, as an important member of the social work/case management department at New London Hospital. This incredible professional background, coupled with her experience in counseling, provides COA with compassionate, skilled leadership.

Kelley is a visionary leader with a comprehensive understanding of the needs of our communities, and views our work at COA as pivotal in serving and supporting our seniors in positive, uplifting, and healthy ways.

An avid outdoorsperson, Kelley enjoys alpine skiing, running, and boating in Lake Sunapee. Kelley holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Springfield College and brings a wealth of experience in human services to our COA family. If you would like to contact Kelley, please call her at 603.526.6368 or email her at kelley@coachapincenter.org


Karen Lester - Administrative Manager

Karen is a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of Plymouth State University. She has spent her entire career in the non-profit world. Before joining COA in 2004, Karen was employed by Kendal at Hanover, a continue care retirement community in Hanover, NH, for 13 years. Her experience with the residents of Kendal directed her toward a career where she could continue to work with the senior population and spend time with her husband and two sons. The COA Chapin Senior Center was the perfect fit and she's been happily employed by COA for over almost 20 years. Karen is responsible for the development and daily management of COA's programs and services.

If you would like contact Karen, please call her at the Chapin Senior Center or email her at kcoa2seniorcenter@comcast.net.