By Melanie Cane
When Rye Recreation Senior Recreation leader Doug Scott decided to take a position with Eastchester’s Department of Recreation, he left big shoes to fill. But after interviewing a large pool of applicants, Superintendent Sally Rogol and Assistant Superintendent Erin Mantz soon hired Kelly Hannapey. “We were impressed by his enthusiasm and experience, and we’re so happy he joined the staff,” said Rogol.
Happaney says it was an easy decision. “Rye’s Recreation Department is top of the line!” He adds, “I’m excited to work in a supportive community, and for an organization where all ages have fun, whether playing softball or cards.”
The New Rochelle native started off as a counselor at the Ardsley Children’s Center and was quickly promoted to site manager. His role as manager inspired him to pursue a career in recreation. He continued working at the Children’s Center while earning a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Education and Administration from Lehman College. For his senior project, he interned with New Rochelle’s Park and Recreation Department.
Happaney was front and center at the Annual Carole D. Kirby Memorial Easter Egg Hunt last month and we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
Kelly Happaney behind the mic at the Rye Rec Easter Egg Hunt.