MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Region 15 Superintendent of Schools Joshua Smith has announced that Joseph Martino has been appointed as the director of finance and operations and Sarah Baudoin has been appointed to the position of food services director for Region 15.

Mr. Martino is currently the director of finance and support services for Danbury Public Schools in Danbury, a position he has held for the past eight years.

Prior to that position, he was the director of technology in Region 12 12, serving the towns of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington for 10 years.

With part of his childhood as a Middlebury resident and currently living in Southbury, he understands both communities well.

He brings 19 years of educational administrative and teaching experience to Region 15, with extensive knowledge of the financial operations of a large school district, overseeing facilities, transportation, school lunch programs, and comprehensive experience with school security and technology infrastructure.

“Mr. Martino’s background in educational finances and knowledge of school facilities and operations will serve him well in Region 15, we are excited to have him join our team and be a part of the positive work happening here. His leadership and partnership with the communities of Middlebury and Southbury will continue to provide both fiscal responsibility, transparency, trust, and support for our excellent educational system,” said Mr. Smith.

Mr. Martino has a certificate in educational leadership from the University of Bridgeport, a master’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Quinnipiac University.

He also serves on the Board of Directors for CASBO, the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials.

“I am looking forward to working collaboratively with administrators, teachers, parents, students, support staff and community leaders to continue to ensure that every student has a safe and orderly environment to be educated in, resources available, and that fiscal responsibility is maintained,” said Mr. Martino.

Ms. Baudoin brings extensive professional experience in leading large food and nutrition teams, a broad range of skills and certifications in nutrition and food service industries, leadership experience with numerous professional affiliations in nutrition and dietetics, and a background in implementing innovative opportunities for wellness in schools.

She is currently the senior director of food and nutrition at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, a position she has held for the past two years.

Prior to her current position, she was the clinical nutrition manager at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, a child nutrition consultant at the State Education Resource Center, and a project coordinator/research assistant to lead school wellness programs through the Department of Allied Health at the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Smith said, “Ms. Baudoin brings to Region 15’s food services program a deep understanding of child nutrition program requirements and operational and directorship experience. Together these skills provide a framework for providing students with healthy, creative food choices while understanding the self-funded nature of our program. She will be an asset to the Region 15 team, supporting student health and nutrition and helping foster a program that supports our district values.”

Ms. Baudoin holds a master’s degree in Allied Health Science and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut.

She is certified as a dietitian nutritionist, registered dietician, national food safety manager, and has ServSafe certification.

Ms. Baudoin said, “As a registered dietitian who understands the importance of child nutrition programs, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you can directly impact a child’s success by providing nutritious food and nutrition education. I am looking forward to working with all members of the Region 15 team to effectively operate the school lunch program.”

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