Stroll director resigns after three months on job

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BRATTLEBORO — Erin O'Connor has resigned as executive director of the Strolling of the Heifers.

"We're very happy for her," said Orly Munzing, Stroll founder and now executive director again. "It's all good."

Her group organizes the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade in Brattleboro. It also runs a business accelerator called Windham Grows and culinary apprenticeship program among other things.

Munzing said the resignation "doesn't affect us at all because I'm still here and everybody is still here, and we're very happy."

Stroll board member Greg Worden said O'Connor submitted a letter resignation after about three months in the position.

"She had a better job offer I guess," he said. "We wish her the best. We'll be looking for a new director, still."

Attempts to reach O'Connor were unsuccessful Monday and Tuesday.

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"I understand she's very happy," Munzing said when asked about O'Connor's new job. "It's something she's passionate about."

Worden said the board held a meeting last week and will be putting together a hiring committee to find a successor. He said he was not aware of any clashes within

the organization.

"It's just one of those things where there's a three month or so break-in period and people can walk away if they want to or go forward," he said. "I'm not sure exactly what the deal was on this other than there was a letter of resignation and we accepted it."

Worden said the board said, "Thank you for being here for a while and best wishes, and we'll start the process again."

Munzing had planned to work more behind the scenes after hiring O'Connor. The search process for a new executive director began in September. The contract was finalized in January and O'Connor started in April. She moved from Marlborough, Mass., to Newfane for the job.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays

at cmays@reformer.com, @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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