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Meet the 2021 Coventry Democrats Candidates

Coventry Board of Education

Jen Website PhotoJen Beausoleil

I am honored to be currently serving the community I love as Chairman of the Board of Education. I am seeking re-election because Coventry's youth deserve representatives on the BOE who understand how to work in partnership with education professionals, parents, and the community. It is critical that the Coventry school system meet each child’s educational and developmental needs as they prepare to live and work in our ever changing 21st century world.

My husband Vern and I are long-time residents of Coventry (25 years) and our children are Coventry High School graduates.  I am a founding member of Coventry Citizens for Responsible Government, have been a Coventry Youth Basketball coach, a Project Graduation volunteer, and a Dollars for Scholars volunteer.

I have also held the position of Vice-Chairman of the BOE, Chair of the BOE Policy Sub-committee, and numerous other BOE sub-committees, including: Fiscal, Policy, Executive, Roof, Expulsion, Gym Naming, Field Naming, Preschool Development, Technology, Superintendent Search, and over 25 labor contract negotiations.

I am a software engineering manager for Northrop Grumman and have 35 years of experience leading cross discipline technology teams to develop software systems and hi-tech solutions for product development and research-based companies


Emma Eaton emma Website Photo

My husband Jason and I have lived in Coventry for 15 years and have three children in the Coventry school system. I want to continue the positive work that BOE has been doing to better our school system and serve our students and their families.  With degrees in Elementary and Special Education, I bring the background of an educator with the perspective of a parent to the table and am deeply invested in the school system. 

I am an active volunteer in our school system and have held the position of PTO President for CGS, helped establish a PTO for HEEC, and have served on hiring committees for administrators. I support Project Grad, PJ Day and Dollars for Scholars. PTO accomplishments include, installing permanent shade structure at CGS, upgrading all water fountains to have bottle filling stations, funding literacy programs and cultural arts assemblies. And those signs you see on school fences and in public areas supporting and encouraging community sprit throughout town—that’s me. I am always thinking about the next message to share.


 Gene Website PhotoGene Marchand

I am running for re-election to the Coventry Board of Education because I believe that educating and caring for our children is critically important to our town, state and country.  Providing a high-quality and cost-effective education for every Coventry child is of the utmost importance and as a BOE member and I am proud to say we do this. 

My family has lived in Coventry for 24 years and our children were educated in the Coventry school system. I am a long time Coventry volunteer and have coached boys’ recreational basketball and baseball and the girls travel basketball.  I am the Co-founder of “Coventry Citizens for Responsible Government”.  I have served on numerous BOE committees including Expulsion, Transportation, Policy, Labor Contract Negotiations and have been the BOE liaison to Athletics and Extracurricular Activities and Committee Chair to select the “Student Board of Ed Representative.

I have degrees in sociology and social work and have a 40 plus year professional career working with children, youth and families, serve as regional director for the Connecticut State Department of Child and Families. I have also held positions in child welfare, juvenile justice, contract management, and have been a police officer.


Mary Kortmann MaryWebsite Photo

I am committed to the continuous improvement of our schools and currently serve on the Board of Education. As a BOE member, I am proud of the accomplishments our school district has made in recent years including the growing recognition that Coventry offers all students a high-quality education. I am invested in seeing this forward momentum continue.

My husband and I have lived in Coventry for 43 years. Both of our sons attended Coventry schools and graduated from Coventry High School. For 28 years, we managed our small business based in Coventry, Ecosystem Consulting Service, Inc. In addition to serving on the BOE, I have volunteer experience on the Coventry Economic Development Commission, have been an active supporter of the PTOs at all 4 schools and serve as both Treasurer and President of the Coventry High School Band Booster Club.