According to Cormack, her greatest accomplishment has been watching the organization grow into adiverse agency serving the needs of so many in the community. She
s had to make difficult decisionsover the years, always thinking strategically about the future of the organization, and is proud where theorganization is today. She enjoys learning new things and is not afraid of change as long as the changemakes sense.
She was once called a “pr
former board chair Irene Smith.She has a strong belief in communication and her personal philosophy is to always be as kind as you can.She likes to see people form partnerships because problems can be so complex that people need towork together to make a change.
most important moments of her life are the births of her children and grandchildren. She has2 children and 3 grandchildren. When her children were born, she became a stay-at-home mom untilher youngest turned 10. At that time, she went back to school to earn a second degree, a master of science in counseling with a minor in political science from the University of Bridgeport to add to herbachelor of social work degree that she earned from Sacred Heart University.
She feels to be a successful leader you need to look at everyone’s skills and to
put their talents to use.
“No leader can do it alone,” she says. She
believes you need to praise staff and be appreciative of whateach person contributes to fulfilling the mission. It is important to build a team that is willing and able tomove forward and be a vital part of the community.She has a real passion for her work and especially the domestic violence program. She has always beenabhorred at any inhumanity to man and believes violence is not necessary. She feels everyone shouldhave a deep commitment to make a change in the violence that is a part of our society. With domestic
poor, innocent kids are traumatized and many women
,” she states
. Shebelieves it is important to work hard to make a change.The most influential people in
life were her parents. Her father always told her she could dowhatever she wanted. This was a time when few women held leadership roles and many occupationswere held by men only. His belief in her was a very instrumental aspect of her career letting her knowthat just because she was a girl, did
n’t mean that she couldn’t do anything she wanted. She pr
oved himright very early on by becoming the captain of the Boys Patrol and a drummer in the Fife and DrumCorp. As she reflects on the values her mother instilled in her s
he said, “she
was one of the kindestpersons
.” Her mother taught her to always be kind to everyone.
and her father’s constant
encouragement are why she developed a great compassion for mankind andwas so committed to her work at BHcare.Cormack believes it
s important for women to pursue leadership roles. She believes women approachthe workplace differently than men and that together, men and women provide a good balance.Over the years, Cormack has worked with many talented people and has valued the management teamsthat have been a part of the organization.
She appreciates the staff’s dedication and commitment to the
mission. In the future, she would like to see people in the field get rewarded for what they do and thevalue they bring to the community.