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Letter: Collins a 'Perfect' Fit For Finance Board

WESTPORT, Conn. – The following letter was submitted by Westport resident Ellen Lautenberg.

Janis Collins is the perfect candidate for the board of Finance. Janis' background, experience and focus on problem solving make her a truly excellent candidate.

Professionally, Janis' experience has included finance, technology, consulting, management and business strategy. She has demonstrated successful business leadership over 25 years in financial analysis, forecasting and managing budgets as a Partner at KPMG Consult­ing and Managing Director at JPMorgan.

In addition to her professional experience, Janis has served on many local boards and commissions in the local community. Some highlights of her involvement include: Chairman, Parks and Recreation Commission (member since 2006), past PTA Co-president at Green's Farms School, Assistant Treasurer at Bedford Middle School, PTA Council Technology Co-Chair, Board Member of the Westport Farmers' Market, and Westport Sunrise Rotary member.

Most recently as chairman of the Westport Parks and Recreation Commission, Janis spearheaded public/private initiatives, improved public interaction, pioneered Friends of Westport Parks and Recre­ation to find private financing alterna­tives to important public projects, and launched the fundraising effort to establish the Longshore Golf Halfway House.

On a personal note, I have had the pleasure of working with Janis on the Bedford Middle School PTA executive board and in other various capacities. I can attest to her professionalism and expertise, as well as someone who can work cooperatively with other community boards and administrators. I enthusiastically support Janis for the Board of Finance.

Ellen Lautenberg

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