Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Whelan-Wuest is the candidate ACSD board needs

I am supporting Ellen Whelan-Wuest, who is running for the Cornwall school board slot on the ACSD Board, because I have had the great pleasure of working with Ellen for several years on the WomenSafe Board of Directors and I know how she works. 

When Ellen first joined the board, I was impressed with the fact that she always asked pertinent questions and always seemed to be extremely knowledgeable in terms of local, state, and national issues pertaining to our work at WomenSafe. About a year and a half ago Ellen assumed the co-chairpersonship of the WomenSafe board and I have had the opportunity to work with her on two committees in addition to our monthly Board meetings: The Executive Director Hiring Committee, and the Stewardship Committee. Ellen is both a greater listener and a “doer” (an action taker). She listens actively to all sides, takes her time, and often can propose several solutions to a problem. While it is the task of the WomenSafe Board to hire a new executive director, Ellen was masterful in enabling the staff to be involved, heard, and feel included.

Ellen already has a bit of experience on the ACSD Board as she was appointed to serve as interim board member after Peter Conlon stepped down. Always leading with inclusion, Ellen will engender a sense of collaboration and respect as the ACSD Board moves forward during some challenging times.

Rebecca Strum


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