Avalonia is pleased to welcome a new volunteer, Elizabeth Sorensen, who has offered to help coordinate Avalonia’s volunteers.
Elizabeth, (nicknamed “E”), recently retired from a career in human resources. She spent 28 years at Aetna in Hartford, nine years at Pfizer in Groton, and five years at GBCHealth, a New York-based NGO focused on global health. She currently works as a pro-bono HR consultant for non-profits.
Elizabeth’s lifetime of experience in human resources focused on two goals: finding the right person for the right job to ensure greater job satisfaction, and promoting an environment in which people are recognized for their efforts. There are several town committee and stewardship leadership opportunities open, so Elizabeth will recruit to fill those important volunteer positions first. She’ll also help with the Friends of Avalonia newsletter, recruit new volunteers, and work with town chairmen to place volunteers where needed.
Although Elizabeth was born and raised in West Virginia, she has lived in Connecticut all her adult life. She and her husband, Peter, live in Mystic where they overlook Downs Marsh, an Avalonia property. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. She and Peter are snowbirds; during the winter months they live in Florida, where she will continue her volunteer work on line, preparing for spring 2019 projects and getting to know the more than 200 Friends of Avalonia.