Employee Spotlight: Meet Kathy!

What is your role at JCEO?

I am the Community Outreach Coordinator for Franklin County.  I work for the Outreach program along with my co-workers.  I am the supervisor here and fill in with Medical Transportation when needed.  I am also a Certified ROMA Implementer, and feel very lucky that I was able to pursue this while working at JCEO.  I do presentations for many organizations and groups and attend tabling events to share information about the services we offer at JCEO.  I am part of the local Community Action Angels and get to work with an incredible group to ensure that children in the Plattsburgh City School district don’t go hungry over the weekend.  We started and have maintained the Backpack Program, have a Fostering Komfort program which provides items for children entering foster care , and do book and hygiene drives.

What are your hobbies?

I love to go camping, dance, sing, read, gardening, going out to eat, and spending time with family and friends.  I also like to help out in the community.  I am on the Board of Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Franklin County and am currently serving my second year as President.

Who inspires you?

My family inspires me!!  I am blessed to be part of a large extended family,  parents who always taught us the value of hard work and looking after one another, amazing siblings who make me proud every day, wonderful children, step children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Best food experience?

Wow my favorite food experience is so hard to decide.  I love good pizza and Italian food, Greek food, Mexican food and sadly of course ice cream.

Which countries would you like to visit?

Everyone who knows me knows that I want to visit Ireland.  I have actually told my husband, my children and all my siblings that if I am ever diagnosed with a terminal illness, and I haven’t been there yet to get me to Ireland.  Other than that I am just looking forward to visiting the rest of our beautiful country in our camper once I retire.

Check out our Employee Spotlight every month as we delve into our staff’s interesting lives and learn about their experiences!

Garaun McKenzie