I am so excited to be running for Webster Twp Trustee. But, let me start by saying that I know that my last name is hard. It's pronounced VER-sick, but it's missing all of those helpful vowels.
My family moved into Webster Twp in 2007. We sold our home near Independence Lake in 2017, and moved to another home in Webster Twp. We have two daughters, who have attended Dexter Schools since kindergarten.
I am a critical thinker. I like to listen to community members and use data to make decisions. In Webster Township, our residents are our best asset. But our board needs to work harder to engage them and get them involved. I am committed to transparency and clear, consistent communication with residents. We need better transparency, with open and welcoming communication into and out of township hall. It appears there is currently a plan to improve the Webster Twp website and to develop a newsletter. I strongly support both of these communication tools for better transparency. We should also look at effectively using social media to communicate with residents.
It’s important for us to work to better engage our residents because we have work to do. As a trustee my focus will be on leveraging local, state and federal dollars to increase cable internet access for residents. This is especially critical during the pandemic, with work and schooling from home.
I will also work to leverage local, county and state support for better road maintenance, and a plan for how we prioritize this across the township. Like many, I am also passionate about preserving our rural landscape through sensible agribusiness and leveraging financial support for the Open Space Preservation Board. There is a lot of controversy about agribusiness, but I am confident that we can make space for different kinds of business with good community input and discourse.
Experience-wise, I have been involved in community activism in many ways since high school. I have been on the Dexter District Library board for ten years. I am the precinct 2 delegate for Webster Twp. I am a licensed master’s social worker and I believe change happens when community members work together for the greater good. I have worked as a leader in non-profit organizations for over 20 years in child welfare, behavioral health, seniors and refugees. I have a career of advocacy and figuring out how to leverage funding to get important work done. My grant/proposal writing track record is spectacular, with millions raised over the years. I currently work in healthcare quality, risk and compliance (HIPAA and Corporate Compliance officer).
I would love the opportunity to serve our community and engage and collaborate with our residents and other government agencies to benefit Webster Township. You can find out more about me on https://www.facebook.com/shellyvrsekforwebstertwp.