Sheila is running for the Board of Selectmen after 20 years of continuous public service to Woodbridge. She is presently a member of the Amity Board of Education (ABOE), where she has served since 2014. Previously a member of the ABOE’s Policy committee, chair of the Personnel committee, and Board Secretary, she also chaired the ABOE ad hoc-committee to explore options to share services and become a K-12 regional district while ensuring we retain local control of our schools.
Sheila was previously elected to the Board of Assessment Appeals serving from 2013 to 2015, and prior to that served two 4-year terms on the Woodbridge Board of Education (WBOE), to which she was first elected in 2005. While a member of the WBOE, Sheila served as board Secretary (2005-07), and Chairman (2007-2011). She participated as a member of the negotiating team for several union contracts at both Beecher and Amity, and was also actively involved in the Superintendent search process for the Woodbridge School District in 2005, and the Amity School District in 2018. Sheila was also on the Town Building Committee that managed the project to enhance security and extensively renovate Beecher Road School that concluded in 2016.
She began her public service as an appointed member of the ad hoc committee that established Woodbridge Government Access TV (WGATV) in 2001, serving as chair of that committee as it transitioned to a commission (GATCOM). From 2012 to 2015 Sheila also served as chair of the Commission on the Use of Publicly Owned Property (CUPOP) while it contributed to the process of creating the Town’s current Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). She also worked as Deputy Registrar of Voters (2016-2017) and is also currently a member of the Sperry Park Committee.
In addition to her wide range of experience on boards and commissions, Sheila will bring to the Board of Selectmen a professional background in communications and public relations, which includes past positions with the United Nations Department of Public Information in NYC, the Citywide Youth Coalition in New Haven, Woodbridge Town Hall, and her current job at Yale University where she is Director of Communications in the Office of International Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts and Advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Sheila also has wide-ranging community experience having served on the Board of Directors for several local non-profits, including the Amity Teen Center and the League of Women Voters – Amity. She is currently the president of the Board of Directors of the East Side Burying Ground Association. Sheila and her husband have lived in Woodbridge since 1997 and have three grown children who graduated from the Beecher and Amity school districts. She enjoys writing about local history and genealogy research and has traced her maternal lines back to several of the families who settled Woodbridge in the 1640s.