Siskin Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute pro­motes Houck, Ben­nett

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Siskin Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute has ap­pointed Jeaninne Houck as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and Wendy Ben­nett as events man­ager and ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the CEO.

Houck, who will di­rect all fi­nan­cial af­fairs for the in­sti­tute as well as hu­man re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties, be­gan her ca­reer in 1993 as an ac­coun­tant with a lo­cal CPA firm. In 1998, she be­came the fi­nance di­rec­tor for the Hamil­ton County Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Agency, serv­ing on var­i­ous com­mit­tees for the Depart­ment of Chil­dren’s Ser­vices and work­ing with grantors and pri­vate foun­da­tions in chil­dren’s pro­grams. Houck is a grad­u­ate of Ten­nessee Tem­ple Univer­sity.

“As COO, Houck brings a to­tal pack­age of hu­man re­source and business man­age­ment ex­per­tise to the In­sti­tute,” said Dr. Deb­o­rah Ar­fken, in­terim Pres­i­dent and CEO of Siskin Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute. “Her per­for­mance en­hances the qual­ity of the ser­vices we of­fer to chil­dren with spe­cial needs and their fam­i­lies.”

The ad­di­tion of events man­ager to Wendy Ben­nett’s ti­tle gives recog­ni­tion to the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties she has car­ried for many years.

In her new role, Ben­nett will man­age Star Night and Style Works, the sig­na­ture fundrais­ing events for the in­sti­tute. She will also con­tinue as the ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent and CEO. Ben­nett is a grad­u­ate of Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute.

“Ben­nett brings a re­mark­able level of en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills to con­duct­ing the ma­jor fundrais­ing events for Siskin Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute. Un­der her man­age­ment, the many mov­ing as­pects of large events run like clock­work,” said Dr. Ar­fken.

Jeaninne Houck

Wendy Ben­nett

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