The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum (JHHSM) announced during its 14th annual Old Tyme Christmas at the Wort last week the addition of new staff member, Becky Kimmel, as the Director of Development. “We are thrilled to have found someone with Becky’s skill set to help advance the mission of the JHHSM,” states Morgan Albertson Jaouen, Executive Director.
Kimmel has worn a fundraising hat for several local nonprofits during her career and is passionate about the Jackson Hole community. In 1985, she launched a new department of philanthropy for St. John’s Medical Center, and over the course of 22 years, successfully led two capital campaigns, developed the Foundation office, and supported ongoing needs through grants, SPET and individual contributions. Kimmel then worked as the Administrator for the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole from 2007 through 2012, followed by two and a half years as the Director of Programs and Events for the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Most recently, she has been self-employed together with her husband Ted to operate their Edwal Storage business in Alpine, and she has kept busy volunteering for the Senior Center of Jackson Hole. “I directed my fundraising energies to the board of the Senior Center of Jackson Hole these past two years and now look forward to helping the JHHSM preserve local history in this professional capacity,” explains Kimmel. Kimmel is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) through the CFRE International Organization. Additionally, she maintains membership with several local organizations where she also volunteers.
In the calendar year ending 2017, the JHHSM engaged 3,000 local students and over 20,000 museum-goers. “As we begin to celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2018, the JHHSM, including staff, board, volunteers, and donors are focused on building momentum and capacity with an emphasis on community events, youth programming, multi-media exhibits, and collections management,” says Jaouen. “The decision to hire a part-time development professional is an investment for the JHHSM that will enable us to continue inspiring and informing our changing community through the preservation of Jackson Hole history,” concludes Jaouen.