December 7, 2023

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Hires Three Professionals

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) has added three new professionals to its team, Jolene Hammill as Director of Customer Care, Betheny Jennings as Director of Girl Scout Experience, and Renee Kelly as Vice President of Fund Development. In her new role, Hammill is responsible for overseeing the Customer Care Team, which includes the development, implementation, and continual enhancement of operating procedures that support the delivery of a quality customer experience, oversee all property use and reservations for internal and external users and maintain customer satisfaction by providing a full range of support services and resources to both internal and external customers.

Prior to joining the GSNENY team, Hammill was the Residential Manager at Community, Work & Independence Inc. There, she managed the day-to-day operations of the residential program, including KRONOS, monitored and implemented compliance measures for the IRA, maintained accurate documentation of staff as well as residents and completed quarterly case record review of individuals in residential programs. 
Hammill resides in Hadley.

At GSNENY, Jennings will be responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a program plan encompassing the full range of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; targeting programming to meet the interest of members through the four pillars of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: outdoor education, life skills, entrepreneurship, and STEM; and developing community partnerships for programming and resource support.

Before stepping into her new role as Director of Girl Scouts, Jennings was the Camp Director/Assistant Director of Camps and Outdoor Engagement for Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. There, she was in charge of planning and facilitating all-year-round outdoor programming at Camp Trefoil and in the community, serving as the live-in host for Camp Trefoil, planning and facilitating council-wide signature events, training Girl Scout volunteers and collaborating with community partners on events. She holds an associate of science in physical education from Herkimer County Community College. Jennings resides in Fort Edward.

At GSNENY, Kelly will be responsible for serving as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting GSNENY; partnering with the CEO, Board of Directors, and leadership team to set the council’s strategic direction for fund development and translate the vision and organization goal into effective, operational strategies and actions to meet the council’s financial goals and objectives; and continuously cultivate and maintain positive relationships between the council, membership, supporters, and the community to increase public awareness and increase support of the Girl Scouts program.

Previously, Kelly was the Director of Development at Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region. In that role, she created and implemented the fund development plan; identified, engaged, and stewarded corporate, community, and individual prospects to secure support for fundraising priorities; and identified, engaged, and cultivated key community members whose values aligned with the mission of Girls Inc. as allies in obtaining programmatic and philanthropic support. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in public communications from The College of Saint Rose. Kelly resides in Rotterdam.