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JRC Foundation, Inc. Hires First Director


The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle A. Carpenter as Foundation Director effective June 22, 2015.  Michelle has the professional expertise we have been looking for to grow our foundation that was established in June of 2012 to support the services and program needs of people served by JRC with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She has worked for the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber for seven years with the last six being in the capacity of Director of Events.  She also had worked previously as the Customer and Sales Service Manager for Brownville Specialty Paper Products for seven years.  She is a graduate of Jefferson Community College with an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice and professionally is on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Transportation Center and is the current President.  Michelle is also a 2010 Graduate of the Jefferson Leadership Institute.  Michelle will assist the foundation in educating the public about JRC, organizing fundraising events and our annual appeal as well as expand our planned giving program.  Patti Signor, President of the Foundation states “Michelle impressed the board with her experience, community connections and alignment with the mission of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, we are confident in her ability to assist us in growing the foundation to meet service and program needs as entitlement programs and funding streams shrink.”  Michelle stated “I have been truly blessed to have been a part of the Chamber of Commerce for the last several years.  The people that I’ve met and have worked with have truly enriched my life both personally and professionally.  I look forward to my new journey with the JRC Foundation and am humbled by the opportunity.  The services that JRC provides are vital to our community.  I’m grateful to have the chance to help promote their mission and help the people whose lives they touch every day.”


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