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Bahr hands over Kinship keys – Clarey to take on role

By Staff | Dec 21, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–Emmet County Kinship is getting a built-in business manager when Hillary Clarey takes over as Kinship executive director Jan. 2.

Clarey replaces Jan Bahr, who served formerly at Iowa Lakes Community College before assuming the Emmet County Kinship executive director position October 2006. Kinship of Emmet County operates under the auspices of Northwest Iowa Alcohol and Drug Treatment Unit which underwrote a grant to help fund the program.

Clarey has a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship and formerly owned and operated Hillary’s floral and gifts on Highway 9 in Armstrong. She and her husband, Chad, have three children, Riley 7, and twins Lincon and Presley, 3.

“I am just looking forward to the cause of the whole program,” Clarey said. “I hope we can continue to maintain what we have and strive for more mentors.”

Clarey said she plans to work on fundraising for Emmet County Kinship.

“Maybe I’ll know some more people here I can talk to about it,” Clarey said of involving all of Emmet County in the Kinship program.

Having three children doesn’t hurt a bit either in giving her a background that has children as its central mission.

“I can relate to their needs and how important it is to meet them,” Clarey said.

Clarey hopes to make Emmet County Kinship a self-sustaining entity. And she’s looking forward to her new position in a big way.

“I like it because it’s a variety of work,” Clarey said. “I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited.”

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