WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER DO?
The Program & Development Manager works to bring in cultural and educational programming to the Greater New Haven adult community. I will also work with the affi nity groups, such as Women’s Philanthropy, in an effort to join together and integrate meaningful and educational speakers, authors, artists and musicians who can appeal to a wider audience.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN THIS ROLE?
I’m excited about building community through programming and learning what new programming our members want. By adding some new programming, I hope to engage new participants who see real value in all that we do in the Jewish community. Of course, many programs such as the various cooking series, authors and the Beckerman Jewish Film Series are tremendously successful so keeping those going is a priority. Most important are the committees I want to build around our programming. I am looking for art enthusiasts, avid readers, cooking enthusiasts, and those who love education and music to join me in developing communal programming.
HOW DOES YOUR LAY-LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE INFORM YOU IN THIS NEW ROLE?
I’d like to think that my lay-leadership experience has prepared me well for my new role because I understand what our synagogue communities want and need from our Federation and JCC partnership. I know that our vast population outside of Woodbridge may not understand the full impact of how we can work together and why, at times, being part of a larger Jewish community can be a powerful and relevant experience. Outreach is a priority.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING PLANS COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE?
I am excited about our film series this year, and I look forward to doing more programming on the shoreline and partnering with our synagogues and agencies for joint programming at their sites.
Bill and I have two wonderful sons: Cal, who is 26, and Adam, who is 19. One of our favorite family pastimes is going to Red Sox games.
NOTE: Debra Gaudette resigned from her position with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Board of Directors to join the Federation/JCC staff.