We are proud to introduce the Post University representatives of the six-month Leadership Greater Waterbury Program – Christina Sciongay, Ashley-Lynn Andrews, Holly Breault, and Dustin Bessette. This program, which is run by the Greater Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, is offered to individuals who have completed between 5-25 years of work experience and are passionate about improving their leadership skills and serving the community.
Christina Sciongay is the training and development manager for the financial aid department. Sciongay has been working at Post for over seven years, beginning as a financial aid advisor. In addition to her career at Post, Sciongay is the co-owner and founder of the CT Film Initiative, a female-owned incorporation originally designed to create opportunities for East Coast filmmaking. After receiving multiple awards, their Film for Therapy movement had enough support to become its own non-profit entity – “Film for Therapy Inc”.
“It is my hope to be able to expand my leadership skills, to become further able to lead through transparency and empathy,” says Sciongay. “I strive to enhance my consciousness of others – to recognize individual talents and abilities so that I can best be equipped to assist others in their professional development.”
Ashley-Lynn Andrews is an ADP Admissions Counselor who is pursuing her associate degree in psychology. Her past work experience included four years working in different departments at Target and six years as a dog groomer. Andrews hopes that through this program, she will learn more about Waterbury and its history while gaining connections and resources that enable her to continuously give back to the community.
Holly Breault began working at Post in 2014 as the health services nurse before acquiring her current position as the program chair of the RN-BSN in December 2016. Breault worked in the emergency room for 13 years, poison control for nine and has taught at various colleges and universities. She also has some experience as a urology nurse, camp nurse, school nurse, and an occupational health nurse.
“As a nurse in the community and as a teacher in Waterbury, I feel that I can be a positive role model to the people within the community, speaking from a nursing standpoint, to help serve their needs,” said Breault.
Dustin Bessette started his career as an associate faculty member in 2015. In 2018, he was promoted to the associate program chair in the school of arts and sciences. Bessette has instructed many courses in healthcare and business technology. Through this program, he hopes to build leadership skills that can foster growth within the Waterbury community.
“By providing additional assistance to the community, I will better understand the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of the community to then help and inform those within the community how to best provide their service,” said Bessette.
The program begins virtually in mid-January. Graduation will be held on June 2, 2021.