DA's office appoints new Coordinator for Elder and Persons with Disabilities Unit

Date: 
07.26.2017

DA’s office appoints new Coordinator for the Elder and Persons with Disabilities Unit

Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is pleased to announce that Rachel Senecal has been appointed to succeed Chris Geffin, who retired after a long and distinguished career as Programs Coordinator for the Elder and Persons with Disabilities Unit of the DA’s Office.

“Chris Geffin leaves big shoes to fill and Rachel is already showing she is more than up for the challenge,” Sullivan said.

Senecal was  born and raised in Chicopee, and currently lives in Easthampton. She graduated in 2007 from Chicopee Comprehensive High School and from the University of New Haven in 2011, with bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in investigative services. She earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 2013. She was a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Alphi Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honors Society and a member of the University of New Haven Cheerleading Team.

Senecal  worked as a private investigator specializing in workman’s compensation before accepting a position at the NWDA in District Court Administration in 2014.

“ I knew I wanted to work directly with the people on the district, so I was honored to accept the position as the Coordinator of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit,” she said.

“The abuse of Elders and Persons with Disabilities are subject matters that I, and many others in the community have firsthand experience with. I am greatly looking forward to working  on these sensitive cases and doing my part to give the victims a sense of justice. I am also thrilled to get out into the community and talk to people and get a good understanding of where the problems are rooted and develop strategies to address them.”

The duties and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Intaking of cases of suspected abuse from the Disabled Persons Protection Commission, Elder Protective Service Agencies, and Police Departments
  • Assisting with the investigation of suspected abuse cases by consulting with the Chief of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit, Civil Investigators, Law Enforcement, and other Protective Service Workers
  • Coordinating SAIN (Sexual Abuse Intervention Network) interviews with victims and other SAIN team members
  • Coordinating community outreach events, and the TRIAD program linking seniors, law enforcement and service providers