Norwich Resident to Replace Retiring Jill Kearney
April 1, 2019, Norwich resident Brie Swenson will serve as the Town’s
Recreation Director. She will replace retiring Jill Kearney who’s held the
position since October 1992.
Town Manager Herb Durfee offered the following statement:
“Brie well understands that the Recreation Department is the ‘face’ of Norwich. Like Jill, she gets that the community is engaged, wants a robust offering of high quality programs, and wants those offerings to serve all sectors of the Town’s residents.
“We’re definitely going to miss Jill and the recreational legacy she leaves. But, I believe Brie is the person to elevate that legacy to the next level.
“Though having only been a Norwich resident for a short time, she’s already made quite a mark. She’s been an active member of the Conservation Commission and the Trails Committee. Recognizing that her children and other children need an additional outlet for their pent up energy after school, she founded the Roots Rockers – a children’s trail running program aged 5-8. She’s also the founder and organizer of ANTS (Around Norwich Trail Series) – a runner’s program designed to get people outdoors and have fun.
“Before coming to Norwich, Brie managed former Polish President Lech Walesa’s US tour of 40 colleges/universities; served as publicist for the first African American male Olympian in the sport of rowing; was an assistant controller for Jules Catering; served as membership director for WRNI Public Radio; and, just recently, worked as community outreach coordinator for the Upper Valley Land Trust.
When you get the chance, please welcome Brie to the position!