Ceely Ackerman has lived in Salisbury since 2008. She is a Connecticut native having grown up on the Connecticut coast. She has over 30 years of work experience and expertise in the human services non-profit sector.
Her Director and Executive Director leadership positions have focused on programs including: the establishment of a family involvement project in out-of-school learning opportunities in the greater New Haven area; a United Way based community-wide early childhood collaboration that brought together families, corporations and providers of health and human services; the development of a nationally recognized substance abuse prevention and treatment coalition across 15 Connecticut towns; coordinating volunteers to serve daily meals to elderly and home-bound citizens through Meals on Wheels; and the direction of a large hospital volunteer program. She began her career as a VISTA Volunteer community organizer in rural southeast Missouri. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Women & Families in Bridgeport, CT and locally, the Amesville Association and the Northwest YMCA Canaan Branch Advisory Committee. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Chore Service. Through her initial involvement with the Big Brother Big Sister program, she has remained involved with a young girl, and now her entire family, for more than 25 years.
Ceely has a BA from the University of Connecticut and a MS from the University of Bridgeport. She and her Dutch husband lived for five years in Amsterdam. They have traveled extensively and spend a month every winter traveling in southeast Asia.