Former Director of OperationsOur Director of Operations, Karen Jewett-Bennett, has decided to move on to her next chapter here in Ithaca.

Karen’s last day with Sustainable Tompkins was Saturday, December 6, when she supervised our booth at the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair.  Karen joined ST in mid-summer of 2011, replacing Nicole Pion when she married and moved to Boston.  Karen is an Ithaca native who spent most of her adult life working elsewhere, including many years in northern California.  After reconnecting with her boyfriend from middle school, she returned to Ithaca to marry and settle back into her hometown.

During her tenure, Karen oversaw the bulk of ST’s administrative functions, supervised volunteers, and coordinated the membership program and Neighborhood MiniGrants Program.  Always pleasant and a natural at networking across the community, Karen will be missed by the Sustainable Tompkins Board, staff, and volunteers.  We wish her good fortune as she explores her interests and develops her next Ithaca chapter.