New Executive Director Announcement
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
Please welcome Jenna Struble who is joining us in January!
The Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Jennifer (“Jenna”) Struble has been hired to serve as NECCA’s next executive director.
Jenna holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Arts and began her professional career as co-founder, producer, and resident artist for the Cerulean Group theater company in Orlando, Florida. While in Orlando, she worked as a wardrobe attendant for the resident show La Nouba. She then toured with the Asia/Pacific tour of Saltimbanco, having served as Head of Wardrobe for the European Tour. While in Europe, Jenna also served as an elected artistic liaison and the internal newsletter editor for the tour, and volunteered her time teaching sewing and theater arts for students in the circus school.
In 2005, Jenna returned to her hometown, Amarillo, TX, where she honed her non-profit leadership experience. Jenna was recruited by the Amarillo Family YMCA to create teen and arts programming. After building several teen and nationally recognized arts programs, Jenna became Operations Director for the Midtown facility, under the Amarillo umbrella, and later Director of the North Branch facility, as well as their Community Youth Development grant director. There she provided valuable programs and services to 600 members and over 2,000 under served urban and rural youth and families.
Jenna moved to Dallas in 2013 to run civic engagement programs across the Dallas Metropolitan Area and to assist the Texas Youth and Government State Program Office, administered by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Jenna’s last role from 2015 to 2020 was as the Association Teen Director, where she led teen program initiatives for 19 North Texas communities and 22 school districts across the State of Texas. There she also served on the Diversity and Inclusion committee, led the Dallas Y as part of a national cohort for LGBTQ inclusion, and chaired the LBGTQ Employee Resource Group. Jenna was given the distinction of Top Ten Paper by YUSA Leadership Symposium for her work on Mental Health Hygiene. Jenna is also a freelance grant writer, and consultant for non-profits and for C3 Equity Consulting, helping public and private organizations strategize their efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Mental Wellness.
Jenna will begin work remotely on January 4, 2021, and she will arrive in Brattleboro in mid-January. Jenna plans to be onsite no later than the first week in February. Jenna will take the reins from Wendy Harrison, who has ably filled the role in an interim capacity since Jamie Hodgson stepped down in early September.
The Board would like to express its deep gratitude to the Executive Director Search Committee, a committee made up of board members, NECCA staff, and students. The committee worked through dozens of applications and engaged in a rigorous two-step interview process.
Jenna will be deeply engaged in learning the ropes and meeting all parts of the NECCA community during the coming months. Please extend her a warm welcome. We can’t wait for you to meet her!
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