Welcome to our new Development team members!

In August, Hospicare welcomed two new individuals to the Development & Community Relations team. Jennnifer Gabriel is the new Director of Development & Community Relations, and Barry Miller is the Database Coordinator and Development Coordinator.

A native of the Ithaca area, Jen brings 20 years of fundraising and communications experience to Hospicare. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in news & editorial journalism from Boston University, and began her professional career as a press assistant and speechwriter for Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Jen has also held leadership-level positions at several organizations, including the National Sports Center for the Disabled (Winter Park, CO), the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (Boulder, CO), and Children’s Hospital and Research Center Foundation (Oakland, CA). For the past nine years, she worked in Ithaca College’s advancement office, specializing in leadership, major and planned giving.

Jen’s connections to Hospicare began in 2010, the first year she volunteered as a kayaker for Women Swimmin’. In her spare time, she and husband Scott work on the 1836 Methodist-Episcopal church they call home and enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Barry comes to Hospicare with many years of computer-related experience, including database design and management, proprietary software implementation, web development, and content management. He is also a writer and editor, having served as production editor with the Ecological Society of America, data manager and reporting specialist with the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, and editorial assistant with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. In his spare time, Barry enjoys preforming with various local blues and alternative rock groups.

Jen and Barry join Johanna Zussman-Dobbins, who continues to serve as the Communications & Outreach Manager. Together with an Events Coordinator to be hired later this year and the support of many staff and volunteers, the Development & Community Relations team is poised to increase awareness and philanthropic support of critical programs that provide hospice and palliative care services, as well as grief and support services, to all members of our community.