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Finance VP Recognized for Volunteer Service

When she is not managing Smith College’s bottom line, Ruth Constantine, vice president of finance and administration, can often be found volunteering her time in a variety of ways.

Most prominently, she has served for eight years on the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Board of Trustees. She has held the titles of chair, vice chair and assistant treasurer for the board, and has served on the hospital’s Investment Committee, Executive Committee and Resource Committee.

For her input to the success of the hospital, Constantine was presented with the William E. Dwyer Distinguished Service Award on October 11, during the 121st annual meeting of the Board of Trustees at the Hotel Northampton. The award recognizes outstanding individuals whose volunteer service on behalf of the hospital exemplifies the qualities and character of William E. Dwyer.

Constantine was joined by Jean O’Dea, a registered nurse at the hospital, in receiving the award.

The late William E. Dwyer was a longtime hospital trustee, local lawyer and civic leader. He died in 1994.

During her tenure on the hospital Board of Trustees, Constantine helped see the facility through two major building projects: an expansion of the outpatient services and the Childbirth Center, and the addition of the North Building/Kittredge Surgery Center.

Constantine also volunteers locally for The Community Foundation as chair of its Investment Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. And, she is a board member of the Florence Savings Bank. She has served in the past on several other boards in Northampton, including the YMCA, the Greater Chamber of Commerce, and the Hampshire/Franklin Regional Employment Board.

Outside of the Pioneer Valley, Constantine also serves as vice president of the eastern region of her professional organization, the Association of College and University Business Officers, and will advance to president of the region next year, when she will also join the organization’s national board.

Even before her extensive involvement in the Northampton community, Constantine’s community service extends back to her days after college graduation, when she became a volunteer adviser and helped open food co-ops around the Seattle area. When she moved to Ithaca, N.Y., she again became involved in the local community, working to advance women’s reproductive and other rights. She served there on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the Task Force for Battered Women.

Her record of volunteer activity has been extremely fulfilling for Constantine through the years, she says. “You’re never too busy to volunteer and make a difference,” she adds.

Amid all her volunteer activities, the role that gives her great satisfaction is that of grandmother to 1-year-old Aderet, whom she describes as one of the current joys of her life.


10/12/07   By Eric Sean Weld
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