Kathy Scarinzi, public health nurse/lead school nurse, is the mayor’s employee of the month for March.

A selection committee unanimously chose her as the winner for her outstanding work performance, professionalism and compassion.

Scarinzi began her employment with the City of Milford on Aug. 26, 1993.

Scarinzi “is a committed advocate, passionately promoting and protecting the health of students, staff, colleagues and Milford residents,” according to a press release from Mayor Ben Blake’s office.

In 2002, Scarinzi co-founded the Gay-Straight Alliance Group and also served as an advisor. She is currently the president of the Registered Professional Nurses Association.

In 2013 Scarinzi’s peers selected her to be Milford Health Department’s Lead Nurse and she has been reappointed each year. In this position, Scarinzi “provides a comprehensive orientation and continuous mentoring to all newly hired Milford Public Health Nurses and substitute school nurses,” city officials said.

Scarinzi has continued her education throughout her career, furthering her knowledge regarding school and public health nursing. In 2006, she attained her certification in school nursing from the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.

She has received a certificate of achievement from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, reaffirming her dedication to serving the community in times of crisis.

Scarinzi was awarded the School Nurse of the Year Award in 2009 by the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut.

“Kathy performs each of her responsibilities with competence, professionalism and compassion,” her co-workers said. “With a ready smile, Kathy’s warm and gentle spirit shines through.”