Jeanne Bennette is stepping down as director of the Mount St. Helens Institute after five years. The Mount St. Helens Institute is a non-profit group dedicate to educating people about the volcano while protecting the volcano. The organization also oversees climbing permits.
“ We are all indebted to Jeanne for her vision, energy, and passion for the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Monument and our volcano,” MSHI board president Bill Kelley wrote in an email. “She has been the face, the soul, and the engine for MSHI for the past 5 years. We wish her well in her new position and thankfully she will continue to be involved with the Institute as a volunteer.”
Bennette has accepted a position as executive director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council. The MSHI has started working to find a replacement for Bennette.
“We are confident that the new director and the MSHI team will continue to provide all the services and programs you love and have come to expect from MSHI,” Kelley wrote.
The climbing permit reservation process for St. Helens started Feb. 1 and many spots have already sold out for this season. To register for a climb visit mshinstiture.org.