Representative Theresa Wood grew up in Waterbury and attended Champlain College, earning a Legal Assistant degree and later a Bachelor’s degree in Business from JSC. Her career has been primarily in State government helping people with disabilities live full lives as valued citizens in our communities. She was formerly director of Developmental Disability Services and deputy commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. Upon her retirement from State service, the Theresa Wood Citizenship Award was created This is an award given out yearly to a person with developmental disabilities who embodies her qualities. Theresa was executive director of a national corporation that contracted with the State to help Medicaid recipients manage their chronic conditions. Tropical Storm Irene brought devastation to her hometown; after helping rebuild her mother’s home, she was chair of ReBuild Waterbury. Theresa’s community service also included work on the school board, Revitalizing Waterbury, Rotary Club, Historical Society, and her church. Theresa previously served on the Corrections & Institutions Committee and currently serves on the Human Services Committee. Theresa lives with her husband in Waterbury. She’s an animal lover, enjoys flower gardening, and is an eager card and game player.