Dionna Carlson, Board of Education

Board of Education Experience

Having two children who benefitted from the outstanding education provided by the New Canaan Public Schools, I remain focused on the future for New Canaan’s kids and endeavor to work with the community and the BOE to provide continued academic excellence in a fiscally responsible manner utilizing my financial and leadership experience.

Board of Education Experience
• Vice-Chair, 2018- present
• Chair, 2015-2018
• Secretary, 2013-2015
• Resource Committee, 2013–present; Chair (2013-2015)
• Governance Committee, 2015 – present
Additional Committees: Superintendent Selection Committee, Teacher Contract Negotiations, Director of Finance and Operations Interview Committee, Wellness Committee, Special Education Administrator Interview Committee

Community Involvement
22 year resident of New Canaan
• NCHS Scholarship Committee
• NCHS Career Night Committee
• Chi Omega House Corporation Board-Sacred Heart University, Treasurer
• Republican Town Committee, Assistant Secretary
• Congregational Church of New Canaan – Prayer Shawl Ministry, Children’s and Family Ministries Committee, Sunday School Teacher
• United Way of New Canaan, Board Member
• West School PTC, Board Member
• Saxe Middle School PTC, BOE Representative
• National Charity League, Grade Level Advisor and VFW Liaison
• Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Gala Co-Chair and Golf Fundraising Committee

Education and Career
• University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Finance
• Financial Management Program (FMP), GE Capital
• Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
• GE Capital – Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Lending, Small Business Lending
• Muzinich & Company – Assistant Portfolio Manager and High Yield Securities Analyst

Family
• Married to David for 22 years
• Three Children:
Lauren (19) – 2017 NCHS Graduate, college sophomore
Grant (18) – 2018 NCHS Graduate, college freshman
Natalie (30) –PhD Student