Kennedy began her
tenure as director in July 2011, replacing Trish Patterson
, who held the position for 5½ years.
An attorney, Kennedy previously managed her
own law office in Johnson City.
She had served on the Hands On! volunteer board of directors since 2010 and had also previously worked for other nonprofit child and family service organizations across the country.
Early in her tenure as executive director, Patterson said while Hands On! hoped to remain downtown, the museum was in need of more space for expansion.
said, a new building will be built to fit the museum's fun and educational exhibits and programs.