Ellen Stanley, president of the board of Directors for the Northeast Kingdom Community Action agency (NEKCA), announced that Jenna O’Farrell will take over as executive director of NEKCA in July of 2018. She replaces Joe Patrissi who will retire in July. Patrissi has been the executive director since 2010.
Stanley said, “We are pleased that Jenna has accepted the top leadership position at NEKCA. Her leadership abilities, passion, experience and advocacy for children, families, and individuals in the Kingdom is perfectly matched to what we were looking for in an executive director. Her reputation for achieving excellence is well known. We feel fortunate we are able to have a leader of her caliber oversee the agency”.
NEKCA is a community action agency that has 150 employees, an eight million dollar budget, and multiple programs that includes Early Head Start; Head Start; Micro-Business; Parent-Child Centers, youth services, court diversion, transitional housing for the homeless and corrections populations; Crisis Fuel, food shelves, workforce development as well as other services.
O’Farrell recently resigned as co-principal of the St. Johnsbury School. She has over twenty-five years of experience that includes early education, school administration, non-profit management, and leadership posts.