Jeanette Glicksman has been filling that position on an interim basis after the retirement of long-time director Mary Ellen LaRocca in January. She also continued fulfilling her role as senior center director. She and LaRocca, along with a very committed Human Services Commission, have been working tirelessly to innovate and rejuvenate the programming at the center and to shepherd long-planned building improvements.
“My goal is to provide uninterrupted services, and meaningful programs for Woodbridge residents and expanded outreach to our community,” she said. But in the immediate future, the focus is on peoples social-emotional needs during the era of social distancing and navigating the economic hardships of the looming economic crisis.
Glicksman and her husband Laurence Grotheer moved to Woodbridge in 1996, and raised two children here. During that time, she served as Beecher Road School PTO president and later was vice president and president of the Amity PTSO as well. She joined the Library Commission in 2006, which she has chaired for a couple of terms.
She started working for the Town in 2007 as Deputy Registrar of Voters and became Registrar of Voters a year later. In 2009 she joined Youth Services and was appointed Senior Center director in 2016.
“Jeanette really stood out” among the applicants, said Human Services Commission Chairwoman Susan Davidson at the March Board of Selectmen meeting. In addition to Glickman’s long-time work for the department, she brings grant writing experience, which the commission considered an important asset.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent