Executive Director/Ben's Mom at Ben's Bells Project
Jeannette Maré is a born storyteller and entrepreneur. As a child, she wrote short plays, convinced her brothers and friends to be actors, and then went door-to-door performing. After the final bow, she would request payment for the show from the unsuspecting soul who opened the door. As an adult, her creativity and tenacity still intact, Jeannette realized the power of her story of kindness in the face of devastating grief and used that inspiration to start Ben’s Bells Project. Jeannette’s leadership has anchored the organization through remarkable growth, including the opening of four studios, collaborating with hundreds of organizations and recruiting more than 25,000 annual volunteers. As part of her vision, Ben’s Bells has become nationally recognized and “kindness” is becoming part of our collective consciousness. Before becoming full-time Executive Director of Ben’s Bells, Jeannette was faculty at the University of Arizona teaching discourse analysis. She holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Jeannette is a long time Tucsonan and is grateful to have the opportunity to combine her two passions – teaching and community building – in her role with Ben’s Bells.