Tenacious. Influential. Candid. And downright fun.
Ask around about Electra “Ellie” Alessio and a picture of a dedicated businesswoman and passionate community leader emerges.
Alessio’s colleagues describe her as a skilled entrepreneur, at once professional, yet genuine and caring, with a superb sense of humor.
“She took a real chance when she went out with the paper, but look at what it has become,” said Warren Gerety, owner/senior wealth advisor at Coastal States Wealth Advisors in Hampstead, who has worked with her on the Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange.
Wally Zaremba, president of RAM Printing in East Hampstead, said Alessio has always been serious about striving to better the community, especially when it comes to raising money for children. But she knew how to enjoy doing it.
Kellie Farrar, a wellness educator from Brentwood who sat on the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors with her, said Alessio takes volunteering to a whole new level.
“She does not just give of her time, but she gives her heart, sweat and tears,” Farrar said. “She is passionate about her beliefs and will be persistent until she is satisfied with the outcome. Electra is kind, generous and her heart is made of pure gold. And let’s be honest, the lady loves her martinis ... served with a side of humor and sarcasm.”
Kingston Board of Selectmen Chairman Mark Heitz said one of the things he has enjoyed most about Alessio is her candor. “She never hesitates to express her opinion, sometimes in a very colorful way,” he said.
“She is certainly someone we have depended on on numerous occasions,” he said, adding he hopes that now after years of being so community minded and generous in her time and donations to the town and various programs that Alessio takes some time to cater to herself.