ECCS Director

Joanne Kelleher, who has been the ECCS Director since July 2016, came to ECCS with an extensive background in business operations and administration, project management, marketing, grant writing and community engagement. She and her family, including two sons who are products of the Southington school system, have resided in Southington since 1992.

Joanne has been active in the Southington community and is currently a member of the Southington Education Foundation and the Moderator of the First Congregational Church of Southington. She was formerly an Assistant Scoutmaster at Boy Scout Troop 32,  Cubmaster of Pack 8 at Derynoski Elementary School and Communications Chair for the Sleeping Giant District of Boy Scouts of America. She held two three-year terms on the Executive Board of the Southington Band Backers as Publicity Chair and then Vice President of Student Administration. Through her work with Literacy Volunteers of America, New Britain/Bristol (now Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut) as a tutor and Board member, she has experience working with adult students who did not learn to read, write or speak English in their youth.

Joanne also serves, part-time, as Vice President of Operations at SecureRF Corporation, does grant identification and proposal writing for the Southington Public School system and is a certified yoga instructor.  She previously served as Director of Marketing at Imaging Solutions, Inc. and as Director of Marketing and Human Resources at Pinnacle Decision Systems, Inc. She also has experience as a project manager, systems trainer and user systems analyst at a Travelers Insurance Company.

Joanne earned her Master’s in Business Administration in Finance, and her Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from The University of Connecticut.

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Marketing Intern

As of September 2018, the ECCS hired Siera Murray as an undergraduate marketing intern to work with our Director to help advance the group’s mission. Siera will help with event promotion, social media outreach and other marketing activities.