​The Board of Directors of The Opening Word Program is pleased to introduce Gillian Kessinger as our new Executive Director effective September 2018. 

Gillian attended St. Joseph’s College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She subsequently received her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Hofstra University and is fluent in Spanish. 

Gillian’s impressive career includes time as a Teaching Coach and an Education Itinerant Teacher, working 13 years with the Hispanic community as a bilingual educator for elementary school children. She mentored students in various school districts on Long Island and was involved with “The Center: NYC” an immigrant social action committee. 

Gillian brings to this position diverse volunteer experiences which includes trips to Nicaragua and Israel. Local volunteer projects include the Central American Refugee Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Jacob’s Light Program.

We look forward to working with Gillian and know that under her leadership, the Opening Word will continue to grow and meet the needs of the immigrant women we serve.  
Welcome aboard Gillian!