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Pheanious staying with NEON as a volunteer

NEON (Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now) President and CEO Pat Wilson Pheanious
NEON President and CEO Pat Wilson Pheanious speaks at Wednesday’s board meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – South Norwalk’s embattled anti-poverty agency is retaining the services of its state authorized leader – even if they won’t be paid for.

Interim Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) President and CEO Pat Wilson Pheanious has made arrangements to stay on as a volunteer consultant after she leaves her paid position on Sept. 7.

NEON’s Board of Directors voted Wednesday to approve the arrangement made by Pheanious, while stressing that Chief Operating Officer Chiquita Stephenson would be the CEO and president at that point. Board member Susan Weinberger cast the sole opposing vote.

Pheanious will be a volunteer through the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) program. That will allow her computer access, and she will be covered for insurance purposes. Her time will be used as an in-kind contribution for grant application purposes, as her current hourly rate will be used to calculate a monetary value.

Pheanious said she didn’t think she would keep her Norwalk apartment.

“I’m not going to be here all the time but I’m going to be available,” she said.

She would like to continue working to create a “NEON University,” she said. Fundraising would be part of her efforts.

NEON University would provide college-level classes in the NEON building  to NEON employees and others via a television connection.

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