Ellen Smith

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Ellen Smith

Rochester, NY Chapter Head

Ellen Smith started the Western, NY NOLB chapter in March 2014. She now coordinates 200+ volunteers assisting over 200 SIV refugees and their families. Ellen and her team have created a therapeutic horseback riding program for SIV children exhibiting signs of PTSD, English classes for SIV wives with children, and formed partnerships for employment opportunities that offer pre-screening for employers looking to hire SIVs candidates. Before taking on a full time position with NOLB in October 2016, Ellen was a credentialed journalist for 28 years with 37 top journalism awards in her career, including the Edward R. Murrow award, several SDX Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Missouri School of Journalism. Her work and skills have also been recognized by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, and National Press Club. Ellen’s reporting career gives her the skills to work on tight deadlines, and remain focused on SIV family needs and NOLB’s core mission of finding homes, jobs and transportation for our SIV families, and spreading the message on the service the SIVs provided to our troops. Before her reporting career, she served a brief stint as the deputy press secretary for former Congressman James Florio (D-N.J.)., and was a job placement counselor for the N.J. Easter Seal Society.