Vantage Aging CEO Ted Watko Resigns from Position


(August 2022 –Akron, OH): On Friday, August 12, 2022, Akron-based nonprofit VANTAGE Aging’s Board of Directors accepted the resignation of CEO Ted Watko effective immediately.

Watko’s eight years of service include five years as CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties and two years as CEO of VANTAGE Aging. His leadership and direction led Vantage Aging through the pandemic and resulted in many positive outcomes for the organization.

“On behalf of Vantage’s Board of Directors, I would like to express my appreciation to Ted Watko for his service to our organization and wish him success in future endeavors,” said Chairman Leann Schaeffer.

The Executive Committee of Vantage’s Board of Directors will be fulfilling the interim CEO role and conducting an external search for a replacement immediately.

Vantage Aging is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides paid, hands-on job training to job seekers 55 and older, home delivered meals through Meals On Wheels, home wellness solutions and home cleaning services for homebound seniors, and the AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer program. The agency is in a strong position to continue transforming its programs and improving the lives of seniors through this transition.

For questions, please contact Director of Community Engagement Amina Hall at 330-253-4597 x160 or


About VANTAGE Aging

VANTAGE Aging provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Paid job training for income-eligible adults age 55 and older is offered through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Evidenced-based volunteering to meet local and national needs is provided by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio provides home-delivered and congregate meals to provide nutritional support to the homebound and disabled. Non-medical in-home care is provided by Home Wellness Solutions. Behavioral health services administered by the Blick Center. Overall, VANTAGE’s programs come together to offer a path for positive aging. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, VANTAGE has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, call 330-253-4597 or visit

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