Ann E. Ellsworth Receives Prestigious Senate Honor as “Woman of Distinction"
ALBANY, NY (5/24/2011) –Ann E. Ellsworth, the Executive Director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, was nominated by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and honored Tuesday night at an Albany ceremony hosted by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, celebrating New York’s Women of Distinction.
Currently, Ms. Ellsworth is the Executive Director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, whose mission is to provide advocacy, education and services to the community, creating a safe and supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality. During her tenure, she has sought to expand access to services for all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while working to ensure their rights are protected and their confidentiality is maintained.
Ms. Ellsworth is currently an at-large member of the New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence Board of Directors and continues to advocate for the rights of victims of domestic violence and support the important work of the State Coalition.
Ms. Ellsworth completed her Master’s Degree at Hunter College School of Social Work in 1994. From 1989 through 2001, Ms. Ellsworth worked to provide homeless and mentally ill individuals with the opportunity to obtain and maintain housing while supporting them throughout the process. By the end of those 13 years, Ms. Ellsworth’s experience had driven her toward social work administration and toward the position of Director of Ivan Shapiro House, a community residence housing 55 formerly homeless, mentally ill men and women on the west side of Manhattan.
In 2002, Ms. Ellsworth left New York City and spent four years as Director of Victims Assistance Services of Westchester. During this time, she worked diligently to develop resources and programs for victims of violent crimes. Her unwavering mission was to ensure access to services for all victims, the development of new resources, and the creation of services for underserved populations.