The Access Community Action Agency recently thanked State Senator Mae Flexer and Olga Kurnyk-Ezis two long–term members of their Board of Directors for their more than 10 years of continuous service. Both women joined the Access Board in 2005 and are leaving due to the Board’s term limit policy.
Senator Flexer has made considerable contributions to the Board through her understanding of advocacy and the legislative process. Flexer was the first and only second generation Board member, with her father Howard Flexer serving on the Board in the 1980’s and 90’s. Ms. Kurnyk-Ezis has represented the Board on the Board of Directors for the Access Elisha Brook Senior Housing program in addition to her term on the Access Board.
Access also recently added six new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board were Jeannie Gardiner, a Veterans Service Officer; CT State Representative Christine Randall from the 44th House District; Benji Rivera, a Practice Manager at Generations Family Health; Jane Hale, a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church and a Ministerial Intern at Christ Church Pomfret and Dianne Williams, the President Emeritus of Quinebaug Valley Community College who is returning to the Access Board after having served as Board Chair in the mid 1990’s. Also returning to the Board after a short hiatus is Melissa Phillips of the Savings Institute Bank and Trust who previously was a board member for 10 years.
The all– volunteer Access Board of Directors is responsible for the agency’s strategic direction and oversight of its operations and the community impact of the results it achieves.
The Access Community Action Agency is the federal and state designated anti-poverty agency for Windham and Tolland Counties. Access helps people move toward economic stability by providing supplemental food, emergency shelter, energy assistance, energy conservation services, job and life skills training, youth mentoring, group homes, affordable housing and more for low-income families and individuals. For more information about Access’ services, call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area, (860) 412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit www.accessagency.org.