ALC Board of Directors: Secretary
Member: Governance Committee; Fundraising Working Group
Town Clerk, Town of Deep River
While Amy holds associate degrees in Graphic and Advertising Design and Patternmaking Technology, her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Syracuse University got her started in her career as a patternmaker for various garment manufacturers. She lived and worked in New York City, Boston and Connecticut in the garment industry for 12 years before deciding to stay home to raise her family. While she had experienced depression, anxiety and mental illness among family members, it was her son’s diagnosis of autism at age two that set her on her path to A Little Compassion. Through family and community support the Winchell family was able to face autism head on with dramatic results. Amy went from being her son’s greatest advocate to being a paraeducator in the Region #4 Special Education preschool where she helped 3 and 4-year old’s learn necessary social skills.
When the opportunity to run for the position of Town Clerk arose, Amy campaigned to be an elected official in her beloved hometown of Deep River. She has served unopposed in that position since November 2009 and hopes to continue to serve her community in that capacity for many more years. Amy is also a member of the CT Town Clerks Association and serves on the Education Committee as well as Chairwoman of the Certification Committee. She is also the Treasurer of the Middlesex County Town Clerks Association.
While Amy grew up in Deep River, she returned with her husband, Dale, to raise their three children in 1997. While she had been anxious to get out and explore the world, coming home to Deep River was the right thing to do.