Currently holds the following positions representing the Town of Bethany:
Paula and her husband Gene have lived and raised their family in this town for over 40 years. They have been active in and dedicated to many local organizations in Bethany during this time. As First Selectman, Paula wants to continue to work with her team, moving the town forward in a positive direction to create an even better Bethany.
Bob is a lifelong Bethany resident who attended BCS and graduated from Amity in 1984. He lives on Knollwood Road with his wife Heather, son Harrison and daughter CJ. He wants to serve on the Board of Selectmen to help continue the progress the town has made in recent years in maintaining its roads and buildings, improving its fiscal practices, and keeping our small, rural town a great place to grow up, raise children, and live!
Linda has lived in Bethany for 16 years with her husband, John, and her son Nicholas. She brings the following professional skills: problem solving, time management, customer service, and communication skills. She enjoys spending time on their hobby farm. They were drawn to Bethany for the rural country atmosphere, excellent school system, and small-town sense of community.
Will is a lifelong resident of Bethany, who followed in his parents' and grandparents' footsteps as an elected official in town. He, his wife Kim, and daughter Annie live on Sperry Road along with a menagerie of animals, dogs, cats, goats, chickens and pigs. Will and Kim are both BCS and Amity graduates, while Annie has entered her second year at Amity High School. During his tenure, Will has worked to improve and update procedures in the Town Clerk's office. All maps and trade names have been added to the online records system, and Will also helped in the conversion of the health and building files to digital format. In addition, the office recently upgraded from a 20-year-old paper-based cash register to a computer-based system that is fully integrated with the land records system. Planned future improvements include adding credit cards as a method of payment, acceptance of e-recording, and completing the digitization and indexing of all the land records.
Lisa moved to Bethany in 1988 and resides on Downs Road with her husband (a lifelong Bethany resident) and son. Lisa is a graduate of Seymour High School and attended South Central/Gateway Community College and Manchester Community College. She is a former licensed realtor and holds a certificate in project management. Lisa is running for Town Treasurer to be able to use her financial skills for the benefit of the town.
Martha Lee has lived in Bethany since 2005, with her husband Richard and her daughter Natalie. They live in Richard’s childhood home, built by his parents in 1977. Working part time has given Martha the opportunity to get involved with town government, a passion she has held since volunteering during high school. Managing the budget for a specialty pharmacy for the past eight years has given Martha the skill set to be a valuable member and asset to the Board of Finance.
According to Caroline, “When we first moved to Bethany, BCS welcomed my youngest son with open arms. It was a difficult time for our family, as my children had suffered the loss of their father. The BCS community embraced us as we navigated the healing process. Now that my children are older, I want to return to service by working to ensure our wonderful school system continues to provide the best education experience our town has to offer.”
Caroline is a proud single mother of three, with two sons and a daughter. Her oldest is a firefighter/EMT for BVFD and an EMT for Naugatuck EMS; her daughter is a graphic designer who is currently pursuing an MBA. Her youngest is a senior at Amity Regional High School, with an interest in the automotive trade. He is also a junior member of the BVFD.
Caroline moved to Bethany from Woodbridge and has lived here for seven years. She was drawn to Bethany’s small-town charm, knowing that this was the community where she wanted to continue raising her children. According to Caroline, “Bethany is where I bought my first home, and it’s where my heart is.”
When Caroline was diagnosed with cancer, requiring surgery during her first pregnancy, she had to overcome many challenges. Later, she was a dedicated stay-at-home mom for several years before returning to the work force. Her current job in the Cancer Registry field is very rewarding and deeply personal.
Caroline is a strong advocate for creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to develop their capacity for learning and reach their academic potential. Her experiences have shaped her ability to relate to people with vastly different ideas and backgrounds. In this position, she will be able to collaborate with fellow board members to foster the sense of community for the families of Bethany and to build a solid foundation for BCS students on their journey to middle school and the academic world beyond.
Joe grew up in Orange and graduated from Amity High School in 1996. He currently resides in Bethany with his wife Jenn, and their two sons, Bobby and William. As a realtor, Joe recognizes that a town’s educational system plays a pivotal role in nurturing a sense of community and enhancing its attractiveness to prospective residents.
In Joe’s view, the most crucial quality for a Board of Education member is the capacity to engage in challenging discussions, while attentively considering diverse viewpoints, all without taking offense or succumbing to emotional reactions in the decision-making process. This skill is one that Joe puts into practice daily when negotiating contracts, an aspect of his work that holds deep emotional significance for his clients.
Joe eagerly anticipates his involvement with the group of candidates on the Republican slate, particularly as member of the local and regional board of education slates. He shares, “all four of our candidates collaborate seamlessly. We grasp the significance of these roles, and genuinely appreciate the trust our community will place in us when they cast their votes this November.”
Susan came to Bethany in the late 1970’s for work, and fell in love with the countryside, hills, and lakes. According to Susan, “I knew immediately that this was where I wanted to live. My husband, James, and I bought our house in 1996 and over 25 years later we could not dream of living anywhere else.”
Susan spent her career helping make successful and mutually beneficial agreements under a basis of honesty, integrity, good will, and equal treatment. Susan has found that modern education has become quite complex, with many facets that are in a constant state of flux. She would like to continue serving to apply simple principles of transparency, common sense and traditional values in encouraging a concentration on teaching the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic.
As a life-long Bethany resident, Rob sees the value of raising his family in a small town. He is committed professionally and personally to using his skills to ensure quality governance at the local level. As an Architect, Rob understands the importance of building design and site planning as it conforms to zoning regulations and the impact a design has on Bethany's planning. He advocates for maintaining a rural character while supporting sensitive development and aesthetically pleasing building improvements.
Nancy moved to Bethany in 2004, graduating from Amity High School in 1987. She lives with her husband, daughter, son, and their two cats. Nancy enjoys her work as a member of Bethany’s Planning & Zoning Commission, striving for balance between occasionally conflicting town/resident interests, while considering both the short- and long-term impacts to Bethany. Her years of work with complicated FAA regulations and requirements forms a strong foundation for seeking solutions within Connecticut’s complex land-use statutes.
Adam moved to Bethany in 2010, is married with five children, one of whom is in college now; one is at the Amity Middle School, and three are attending the Bethany Community School. Adam wants use his professional experience to benefit the town he loves.
Rob is a lifelong Bethany Resident and a graduate of BCS and Amity High School.
Dan built his house in Bethany in 2017, on the recommendation of friends, who lived here and emphasized the rural character, the open spaces, and the educational system. The home-building process brought him into interaction with the land use offices and agencies, and he would like to help others navigate this system. His wife Martha, and two sons, who attend BCS, and his dog all love life in Bethany.
Kevin moved to Bethany in 2013 with his wife. He sought a community that was conveniently located to their respective commutes, and allowed them to pursue their interest in farming, animal husbandry, and general outdoors activities. The family is raising chickens and ducks on their property. They are growing a maple sugaring operation and hope to have enough product to sell in the future.
There are many opportunities to get involved and activities to include all. Throughout Donna's children's educational years, she was a very active parent and can honestly say that her daughters have both significantly profited from the Amity School System.
As a former educator with over 40 years of diversified experience working with teachers, parents, students, and college scholars, Donna offers her candidacy for membership on the Amity Board of Education. She has worked on local and state initiatives regarding teacher training, curriculum development, standards review and teacher evaluation, and she has held both educator and administrator roles.
Most importantly, Donna's belief is that all children can learn and must be within a culture that accepts diversity, nurtures the desire to learn, promotes responsible and critical thinking, and fosters creativity. She believes it is our civic responsibility to assure that our students are within an environment that encourages collaboration, clear line of communication, a culture of acceptance, has clear and consistent standards, innovative curriculum, accurate assessment, and effective leadership.
Donna is confident that she would make a positive contribution as a member of the Amity Board of Education.