Candidates for the Coventry Board of Education

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
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Meet the candidates for the Coventry Board of Education:

Mary Minor – Republican

Minor is in incumbent candidate. She has been a resident of Coventry for 10 years. She is married with two school-aged children, and has been an attorney for 19 years. Minor is involved with: the PTO, the School Readiness Council, the STEPS Commission and Coventry Early Childhood. She is past president of the Board of Education. “We need a non-partisan commitment to the children of Coventry, dedicated to providing a high-quality education through long-range planning and the establishment of measurable school and student goals,” said Minor.

William Oros – Republican

Oros is an incumbent candidate. He has been a Coventry resident for 8 years, and is married with two sons and three granddaughters. Oros has 43 years of experience in public education as a parent, teacher and school administrator. His degrees include a B.S., an M.S., a 6th Year and Advanced Certification in Education and Educational Management. Oros is an experienced educational consultant specializing in working with groups in long-range and strategy planning. His knowledge of all aspects of school management include facilities and budgets.

Mike Sobol – Republican

Sobol is seeking his first term on the Coventry Board of Education. He works in business management and has a B.S. in kinesiology, outdoor education from New Hampshire University. Sobol is a lifelong resident of Coventry and attended Coventry Public Schools. He has served as a leader in community organizations, and as an Eagle Scout was involved in building the sign in front of Coventry Grammar School. Sobol is president of the Country Place Condominium Association. “I have a vested interest in seeing to it that my family prospers in the community I grew up in,” said Sobol.

Denise Ryan – Democrat

Ryan has been a licensed registered nurse for 39 years at Manchester Memorial Hospital. She is a past member of the Coventry Grammar School and Captain Nathan Hale School PTOs, and a former member of the East Catholic Project Graduation Committee. Ryan was formerly co-president of the North Coventry Co-op Nursery School. She is a 35-year resident of Coventry and the mother of two sons educated in Coventry Public Schools.

Jennifer Beausoleil – Democrat

Beausoleil is currently chairman of the Board of Education, and an experienced three-term member of the Board. She was formerly vice-chairman of the Board of Education and chairman of Board policy sub-committee. Beausoleil is a 17-year resident of Coventry, and the mother of two Coventry High School graduates. She graduated from Union College with a degree in computer engineering. Beausoleil is a founding member of CCRG (Coventry Citizens for Responsible Government), a former volunteer coach for Coventry Youth Basketball, and a volunteer with Dollars for Scholars and Project Graduation. She has more than 25 years of experience leading cross-discipline technology teams to develop software systems and solutions for product and research development companies.

Gene Marchand – Democrat

Marchand has 40 years of experience working with young people. He is a long-time manager with the State Department of Children and Families, and a former school social worker and police officer. Marchand is co-founder and president of "Coventry Citizens for Responsible Government." A 16-year resident of Coventry, Marchand is the father of two children educated in the Coventry schools. He is a graduate of Providence College with a master’s degree from Syracuse University. Marchand is active in Coventry Youth Baseball and a former president of the Connecticut Youth Services Association.

Mary Kortmann – Democrat

Kortmann is currently vice-chair of the Board of Education and an experienced three-term member of the Board. She is a four-year chair of the Board's fiscal subcommittee. Kortmann served on the Economic Development Commission for 10 years. A 35-year resident of Coventry, Kortmann is the mother of two children educated in Coventry schools. She was active in the PTOs at Coventry Grammar School, Robertson Intermediate School, Captain Nathan Hale Middle School, and Coventry High School. She served as both treasurer and president of the Coventry High School Band Booster Club. Kortmann is a graduate of Douglass College and Rutgers University. She had a 16-year career in data processing at the Travelers Insurance Co., including 10 years as a manager. She also has 20 years of experience in managing the business that she owns with her husband - Ecosystem Consulting Service, Inc.

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