O'Sullivan Award - Sue Cohen
The ODTC established this annual award to commemorate the O’Sullivan family’s legacy of public service. It's given in recognition of an Orange resident who demonstrates outstanding community service through their involvement in local, state, and/or national government.
Sue Cohen has been part of our community for many years. She received her Master’s Degree in School Psychology and began working in the Trumbull school system. Shortly thereafter, Sue took her experience in the school system to run for, and win, her first election to the Orange Board of Education. Sue served 20 years on the Orange Board of Education. During her time on the Orange Board of Education, Sue served as vice chairman as well as serving on the Personnel Committee, Policy Committee and Finance Committee.
Sue “graduated” from the Orange Board of Education to the Amity Regional Board of Education winning election there and serving four terms, 16 years. Sue served as Vice Chairman and Chair of the Policy Committee and served on the Personnel Committee. During a difficult time for Amity, Sue also served as the Board Chair. She helped lead Amity out of a time of financial uncertainty and political strife that included difficulty finding and retaining a new superintendent.
While a board of education member, Sue further served the community as a member of ACES (Area Cooperative Education Services). With ACES, she served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Policy Committee and the Executive Committee.
Sue has been an active member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee for many years. Beyond the borders of Orange, Sue volunteered at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Living History Program. She also served on the Board of Directors for Camp Laurelwood and Jewish Family Service. She is a member of the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists, League of Women Voters, Smith College Club of New Haven, Yale University’s Women’s Organization, and Congregation B’nai Jacob.