Executive Director Search


The Board of Directors of Carroll County YMCA (CCYMCA) | Camp Huckins has launched a search for a strategic, mission-driven leader to serve as its next Executive Director, following current Executive Director Jody Hutchinson Skelton’s announcement that she will retire in 2020. This position represents an excellent opportunity to lead a vibrant and thriving organization and to focus on purposeful and creative approaches to maintain its mission and further its impact.

CCYMCA’s flagship program is Camp Huckins, a nationally recognized girls residential camp located on 200 wooded acres on Broad Bay of Ossipee Lake in Freedom, New Hampshire.  Founded in 1928 as a co-ed summer camp, today Huckins hosts approximately 1,400 girls, ages 8-16, and 130 domestic and international staff during four two-week camping sessions in the summer. Huckins has a long track record of developing girls and young women in intentional ways and sees its mission as increasingly important in today’s world.

Huckins hosts other programming during the spring and fall, including two family camps, school and community group programming, and camping weekends such as mother/son weekend, mother/daughter weekend, and women’s wellness weekend.

Throughout the year, CCYMCA offers programming in the local community, working with schools and local nonprofit organizations to deliver programing in support of YMCA’s core mission of promoting wellness.

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Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate is a strategic leader and persuasive communicator who is committed to furthering CCYMCA | Camp Huckins’ mission and organizational excellence. A hard-working, mission-driven professional, she/he will be the face of the organization and represent its values and mission with confidence, integrity, and humility. The successful candidate will be responsible for deepening and developing meaningful relationships with the Board of Directors, the Carroll County community, parents, alumni, and other constituencies.

With broad oversight and responsibility for all aspects of the organization, the successful candidate will be accountable for the organization’s culture and financial health, and will ensure that Camp Huckins, in particular, continues its emphasis on helping girls and young women develop their own voice, build their confidence, enjoy healthy relationships with each other, and foster the leadership skills that will serve them over a lifetime.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • A creative business mind, a positive attitude, and a high degree of professionalism
  • Outstanding relationship building, communication, and presentation skills
  • 10+ years’ minimum experience as a leader in the non-profit/cause driven space, with demonstrated ability to motivate staff and build consensus
  • General business acumen and experience using financial and other metrics to drive operational decision-making and strategic planning
  • Excellent analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills, and a proclivity to further the organization’s effectiveness through the optimization of systems and technology
  • Experience soliciting philanthropic gifts and advancing a culture of philanthropy
  • Experience or exposure to brand management and an understanding of strategic communications, including digital media
  • Significant experience working with external auditors, internal controls, and compliance-related issues
  • Experience in a camp or educational setting is strongly preferred but not required



All nominations and inquiries should be directed to Peter Hamilton of the Conley Search Group at [email protected] or (617)-620-9268. All inquiries treated as confidential.


Leadership History

In 1928, Otis B. Read served as the first camp director of Camp Huckins, and over the years, a number of exceptional individuals and couples have held this position. Leaders from the last six decades include:

  • 1953-1956 Lew and Lyn Primmer
  • 1957-1961: Ruth and Latimer Hannum
  • 1962: Gerald and Bettye Lane
  • 1963: Donald “Duke” and Mary Ann Hermance
  • 1964-1989: Zaven and Audrey Vorperian
  • 1989-2003: Judy Snell
  • 2004 – Present: Jody Hutchinson Skelton

Learn more about CCYMCA’s current leadership, staff and board of directors.


Meet the Search Team

The Board tapped Huckins alumna and longtime volunteer Kristen Parthe Brown to chair its Search Committee. Kristen is an accomplished human resources executive with a specialty in recruitment and currently leads talent acquisition at Kronos, a global software company in Massachusetts. Conley Search Group, a global executive recruiting firm, will conduct the search, partnering with the Search Committee to identify and select the next Executive Director.

Kristen Parthe Brown
Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Kronos

As vice president of talent acquisition, Kristen Brown is the catalyst for driving strategic, comprehensive, and inclusive recruiting and hiring efforts across the globe for Kronos. Kristen is passionate about identifying top talent in the technology industry and motivates her organization to attract and hire approximately 1,000 Kronites each year who support the company in cultivating an unmatched customer experience and achieving strategic business goals. During her tenure at Kronos, Kristen has focused on leading strategic recruitment efforts to support the company’s continued growth and success.

Kristen has a strong professional foundation in talent acquisition and human resources. Before joining Kronos in 2011, she served as ULTA Beauty’s director of talent acquisition, compensation, and human resources analytics where her team oversaw one of the company’s most significant growth periods, successfully supporting a more than 150-percent increase in the company’s retail store base. Prior to ULTA, she led recruitment and talent acquisition strategies within the Fortune 500 retailer Staples.

Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Simmons College. She regularly volunteers with YMCA Camp Huckins, an all-girls camp focused on leadership and empowerment, located in Freedom, New Hampshire.

Peter G. Hamilton
Managing Director, Conley Search Group

Peter brings a client-centered approach to his work at Conley Search Group. For nearly 20 years, Peter served as a teacher, senior administrator, and development officer in two Boston-area independent schools and at a non-profit in the State of Maine. A trusted advisor to boards and senior management, Mr. Hamilton’s clients include private equity and venture-backed companies, family-owned businesses, and 501c 3 organizations, including independent schools and summer camps.

Peter holds a B.A. in English literature from Gettysburg College and an M.A. from Middlebury College and The Breadloaf School of English. Active in philanthropy, Peter serves on the Governance Committee of the Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA. He is also a trustee of Camp O-AT-KA, a non-profit summer camp for boys, and a member of the Development Committee at Worcester Academy.

Headquartered in Boston, Conley Search Group is a global consulting boutique specializing in executive search, succession planning, and governance. Offices: Boston, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and London. www.conleysearch.com