Term Expires 2020
Adrienne Wooten is a skilled professional who has been successful in both the public and private sectors. Her commitment to public service stems from her childhood days in Greensboro, North Carolina where students lead the fight for civil rights. As a single parent raising three young children, Adrienne started her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the historic University of North Carolina A & T in English Education. She transferred and earned her degree from Kean University.
Adrienne enjoyed a career in the private sector as a member of the Marriott International Hotel’s management team where she consistently exceeded the Marriott Gold standard for service and programming for guests and conferees. She served as finance auditor and operations manager where she also supervised a staff of 40 front desk and guest service associates. She managed an operating budget of over $3,000,000.00 per year. Her site revenues averaged $ 4,000,000.00 annually. In her position as operations manager, Adrienne implemented the hotels’ guest satisfaction survey and crafted changes in hotel operations to fit guest responses. Adrienne also organized recurring guest appreciation events and monthly appreciation events for employees such as lunches with different themes.
Adrienne spent most of her Marriott management career at the 80 thousand square foot hotel and conference center complex covering 4 acres in the City of Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Wooten is a recognized professional having been certified in HR Skills, Accounting, Essential Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Communicating for Success, Hiring the Best, Training and Developing your Associates, Coaching for Great Performance, Building Top Performing Teams, Conducting Performance Appraisals, Managing Conflict, Juggling Time, Business Basics, Effective Daily Meetings, Goal Setting, Your Career and You, and Stress Management.
With the encouragement of education professionals and local parents in the Oakwood Avenue School area, Adrienne transitioned from corporate America to the public sector as a classroom teacher with the Orange Board of Education. From 2007 – 2010, she was assigned to Oakwood Avenue School where she was chosen by the school principal to serve on a committee to prepare rigorous curriculum for language arts for grades fifth through sixth. Amongst the students in her class she initiated constant communication with families using social media, providing lessons that impacted all learning modalities, and participated in community events. These initiatives became models for the school.
During the 2008-2009 school year she was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Orange Board of Education for her work at Oakwood Avenue School. This prestigious honor recognized her for her dedication, leadership, passion and ability to connect with students that inspired students to love learning.
With the goal of establishing high standards for students and implementing needed parental involvement ideas within her local school, Ms. Wooten went on to utilize her financial and management skills at a specialty firm concentrating in business law. She managed case filings with more than $5,000,000.00 per year in liabilities. As the firm’s business manager she became certified in, Practicing Law Institute -Mortgage Servicing Abuses and Fair Housing, Motion Practice in Consumer Bankruptcy, Introduction to Collection Law and Introduction to OPRA (The Open Public Records Act).
Also, in 2010 Adrienne increased her community service commitment by serving on the City of Orange Township Citizens Budget Advisory Committee. This committee was created by City law to allow qualified citizens to review the City’s $60,000,000.00 budget and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. This process is designed to allow citizen input and help the municipal government to become more efficient and effective.
In 2012, Adrienne was hired as Oranges’ Deputy Director of Community Service. She worked to promote the well-being of children, young adults and the senior community. She has enhanced the quality of life by promoting good physical and mental health, preventing illness and injury, protecting the environment, and providing recreational services to residents of all ages. She continues to work to build stronger families and communities through evidenced-based health initiatives. This is completed with public events, festivals and information exchange.
Her goal is to improve the health of the community by emphasizing prevention, environmental control, health promotion, and education. She continues to invite the community to use the services provided by the Department of Community Services.
In 2016 Adrienne became one of the newest members to the City Council of Orange Township. Although new to the City Council, she certainly isn’t new to community involvement. Adrienne is currently the council’s liaison to the Housing Authority. Adrienne shares her talent for communicating and organizing through the numerous leadership positions she has obtained during her life.
As a lifelong Democrat, Adrienne served as Democratic County Committee person in Orange District 4 in 2012. She served as the recording secretary to the Committee. As Committee secretary she was dedicated to work diligently to elect Democratic candidates to public office and to assist in the promotion and development of good government on the National, State, County and Municipal levels.
Adrienne and her family live in the East Ward where they continue to be a part of the Oakwood Avenue School family.