Received from Julia Brennan, Sea Cliff
March 8, 2018
To the Editor,
I am pleased to support the candidacy of Terryl Donovan for Sea Cliff Village Trustee. I’ve known Terryl and her family for 15 years, having met her when she applied for the position of Director of Fine and Performing Arts at the North Shore CSD, where I served on the Board of Education. Terryl came to the district with a reputation as a gifted manager and quickly exceeded expectations.
At the time, voters had rejected a school budget, forcing contingency spending that especially threatened arts programs. Terryl listened attentively to the concerns of stakeholders and worked collaboratively to build workable solutions. She encouraged innovation, demonstrated a knack for stretching scarce resources and was a tireless advocate for all students.
She reached out to get the community involved, supporting parents and other concerned residents in creating Arts Angels, the district’s arts booster organization. Working as an Arts Angels volunteer for many years in the theater program, I got to better know Terryl.
What I learned is that she doesn’t take credit for the success of others, but rather motivates and encourages those around her. She doesn’t look for easy fixes, but instead applies critical thinking skills to resolve complex questions. She is thoughtful, tough and resilient. If things don’t go as planned, Terryl is the first to come up with alternative solutions.
These are qualities we need in all of our elected leaders. Sea Cliff faces decisions that will have a long lasting impact on the quality of life for all residents. Reliable and trustworthy, Terryl is a proven leader and worthy of your vote on March 20.
Julia Brennan, former president
North Shore School Board
North Shore Arts Angels