If you suspect a child is being abused please call the Central Registry at: 1 (800) 342-3720

If you suspect a child is being abused please call the Central Registry at: 1 (800) 342-3720

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Jennell Higgs

Jennell Higgs

I was born and raised in central New Mexico. After graduating from high school I moved to southern Colorado where I attended Adams State University. While at Adams State, I competed on the Women’s Swimming and Diving team and became the first person to complete the program. I have held over 30 team records and held multiple National Cuts. In May of 2014, I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Developmental Psychology.Upon graduating I landed my first job at an Early Childhood Council where I worked as a Family Health Coordinator and Data Systems Coordinator. As the Family Health Coordinator, I served Medicaid and CHP+ clients with case management and other resources. While at the council I also gathered, compiled, and was in charge of all data systems for grants and programs. Today, I still remain in contact with my colleagues from the council and I assist them with the creation and design of annual reports and other documents.The year following college graduation, I volunteered on evenings and weekends as a Victim’s Advocate for the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Department. It was through this experience that I knew what career I wanted to pursue. I loved the nonprofit world and assisting victims and their families through the life changing events that they were experiencing.In the summer of 2015, I left southern Colorado and moved out here to New York. New York is now where I call home. For the past 2.5 years I have worked as the Development Coordinator in the fundraising arm of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. While at UWDOR I learned about many local nonprofit programs here in the Hudson Valley, as well as the needs of the people in our community. I also had the pleasure of working with Kim Kochem during my first year at United Way.