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City Announces Carrah Fisk-Hennessey as New Director of Parks and Recreation

The City of Keene is pleased to announce the appointment of Carrah Fisk Hennessey as the new Director of Parks and Recreation. She brings over 20 years of experience in coaching, education, and community leadership to this role, making her an ideal candidate to lead the City's Parks and Recreation programs and initiatives.

"We are thrilled to welcome Carrah to the City of Keene team," said Elizabeth Dragon, City Manager. "Her passion for community engagement, combined with her extensive experience in planning and program development, will be invaluable as we continue to serve Keene and the greater region with our Parks and Recreation programs."

Ms. Fisk Hennessey has a proven track record of success in both the athletic and educational fields. Previously serving as Head Softball Coach and Adjunct Professor of Elementary Education at Keene State College, she has demonstrated leadership and communication skills.  This will transition nicely to fostering positive relationships with families and community partners as the Parks and Recreation lead.  In addition, Ms. Fisk Hennessey has key experience with the planning and implementation of comprehensive programs, managing budgets, and overseeing the recruitment and retention of staff.  She has also played a vital role in the development of community partnerships, working closely with local organizations to promote health and wellness initiatives.

Ms. Fisk-Hennessey’s commitment to Keene is evident through her history of outreach and connection to the community.  "I am thrilled to grow my strengths in this role for the City of Keene and am thankful for the opportunity to work within an incredibly dynamic and supportive environment," she stated.  "Keene Parks and Recreation has a strong professional team in place and I look forward to enhancing the resources and programming that will continue to benefit our community."  Her extensive community engagement includes working with Special Olympics events, leading Keene K-1 basketball, volunteering in local schools for Read Across America, and serving on local and national athletic leadership groups.  She is also a New Hampshire certified elementary and special educator, and she served as the longtime Keene State College Student Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor.

“Her dedication to serving others aligns perfectly with the mission of the Parks and Recreation Department,” said Andy Bohannon, Deputy City Manager and previous Parks and Recreation Director.

Please join us in welcoming Carrah to her new role as Keene’s Parks and Recreation Director.  She started for the City on July 1st.