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New Community Service Director Named

HARTFORD, June 6 - Jacqueline M. Johnson, former program officer with the Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service, has been named its executive director, Valerie F. Lewis, commissioner of higher education, announced today.

Johnson, of Windsor, had worked with the Commission from 1997 to 2000 when she left to join CIGNA Healthcare as a service manager for the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. She replaces Sandra S. Santy who left the agency in February to become director of adult education in Farmington.

"We are delighted to welcome Jacqui back to public service," stated Lewis. "She brings great energy and enthusiasm to the ideals of community service. She also possesses a wealth of administrative talent as we know from her previous work here."

While at CIGNA Healthcare, Johnson was charged with ensuring customer satisfaction, service quality and productivity performance. As the Commission’s first program officer, she administered state and federal grants to non-profit agencies and guided field staff. From 1992-97, Johnson was a coordinator of intensive care admissions at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Previously, she worked as an assistant director of resident services at The McAuley, and as an intern for U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.

Among her community activities, Johnson has chaired the Volunteer Recruitment Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Amistad Foundation – Jubilee Committee, and served as an ESL Tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford. She also is a Justice of the Peace. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and another from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Rensselaer at Hartford.

The Commission on National and Community Service oversees AmeriCorps activities in Connecticut. AmeriCorps is the national service program that encourages people of all ages to do community work. In return for service, AmeriCorps members receive a stipend to help with college costs. This year, Connecticut has $3.5 million in AmeriCorps funds to support six programs: Building Blocks of Bridgeport; the Safe Neighborhoods AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) of Bridgeport; Southend Community Services, Inc. of Hartford; CityServe! of Meriden; Leadership, Education and Athletics Partnership (LEAP) of New Haven; and the Connecticut Literacy Initiative, a statewide program based in Plainville.

The Commission is chaired by State Rep. William R. Dyson and is administered by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.


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