NEF elects new board members


NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Education Foundation elected Lori Czajkowski and Anna Merrill recently to the board of directors for a three-year term.

Czajkowski of Naugatuck is the healthy initiatives director and residence coordinator at the Naugatuck YMCA. She has volunteered her time for many local racing programs in town and will sit on the Ion Bank St. Patrick’s Day Road Race committee. Additionally, she has two sons in the Naugatuck school system.

Merrill of Naugatuck is a clerk at Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan and attends Naugatuck Valley Community College, where she is working towards a degree in early childhood education. She is also involved with Rotary International in its youth exchange program and has worked in the Interact and New Generations programs as well.

“We’re delighted to add both Lori and Anna to our board. Lori’s experience with road races will be invaluable for us and her position at the YMCA will help us improve our partnership efforts with the organization. Anna is a recent Naugatuck High School graduate, and we look forward to having her help foster a stronger relationship between the faculty and alumni of the Naugatuck schools,” NEF Chairman Matt Fortney said in a press release.

The foundation encourages and supports excellence in education by providing funding for learning opportunities for students. For more information, visit