Woman of Distinction From The City of Peekskill, Ruth Wells
Ruth Wells and her husband Jim Knight, have lived in Peekskill since 1988. Ms. Wells received her BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Temple University. From 1969 to 2012 she worked as a designer and assistant designer of sets and costumes for theater, opera, ballet and finally, television, spending 23 years as an Art Director on ABC’s One Life to Live, winning two Emmy Awards. Ms. Wells has volunteered on the Middle School Bond Campaign and on the PCSD’s Strategic Plan Evaluation Committee. Ms. Wells was appointed to the Peekskill Planning Commission in 2008 and was recently elected its Vice Chair. In 2005, Ms. Wells joined the Board of Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill, Inc. As Secretary, Chair, and now Vice Chair she has advocated for the homeless and hungry, working to alleviate those conditions in her community. Ms. Wells helped found Fred’s Pantry, a joint project of CHOP and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Today she coordinates the distribution of 14,000 meals annually.