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2023 BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES
Laurie Cantwell (Incumbent)
Laurie is seeking re-election for the Cromwell Board of Education. She has served on the BOE for the past 6 years, as well as many committees. For the past two years she served as the Chair of the Board's Policy Committee.
She is a graduate of Westfield State University in MA and received her MBA from Western New England University. She is employed at the CT State Independent Living Council, as well as the UConn UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities).
Laurie is passionate about advocating for students of all abilities. She has resided in Cromwell with her family since 2001 and feels blessed to live in such a wonderful community. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving on the BOE and would appreciate your vote on election day!
Alyssa Goduti is a proud 20-year Cromwell resident with passion for and expertise in special education, early childhood education, children and family services, and public and community service.
Alyssa is the President and CEO of Ädelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services, which is the largest employer in the town of Cromwell. Ädelbrook serves hundreds of children and young adults who have behavioral and developmental support needs with a specialization in serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ädelbrook provides an array of educational and residential programs including three special educational schools, a transitional academy, respite services, parent/community education programs, and a range of residential support programs.
Alyssa is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of Connecticut’s School of Public Policy, teaching nonprofit management and fundraising to future public servants. Alyssa acquired her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Connecticut, her undergraduate degree from Providence College in political science, and worked in several roles in the Rhode Island legislative and executive branches.
Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of nonprofit leadership positions, all focused on improving access to services for children and families in need. Alyssa was honored as one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Hartford Business Journal in 2022 and was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013. Alyssa has recognized experience in special education, public policy, business development, media relations and management and enjoys working with students to help develop them develop expertise in nonprofit management.
Most importantly, Alyssa is the proud mother of Alex (19), Olivia (16), and Sam (12) and the wife of Phil Goduti, who works as a Somers High School history teacher and an Adjunct Professor of History at Quinnipiac University. She is honored to be nominated to run for a position on the Cromwell Board of Education.
Heidi Neumann-Venetianer has been a resident of Cromwell for about 15 years. She is married to her husband Bob for 14 years and they have a son who is a 7th grader at Cromwell Middle School.
Heidi has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been in the education field for about 24 years. She is currently a Title One academic interventionist in Middletown.
She is very invested in Cromwell’s schools and the community and looks to make a positive difference in the school district.
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