CHIEF-OF-STAFF ASSEMBLYMAN BILLY JONES, NYS ASSEMBLY
Hometown: Rouses Point, NY
Education: BA, St. Lawrence University
Community Involvement: Champlain Valley BPW, Rotary Club, St. Mary’s Parade Committee, Clinton County Democrats, Champlain Democrats, St. Lawrence University Alumni Council
Molly Ryan is the perfect balance of smart, determined, confident, consistent, and accomplished. She has an unwavering commitment to everything she does, which she achieves with a grace far beyond her years. In Molly’s current role, she is developing specific measurable legislative strategies, paving a path for the future of our region. The North Country’s future is brighter because of her drive and effort. Molly successfully juggles the work/life balance with the help of a great husband and a family support system with an equally great team at work that shares similar values.
Who are your favorite influencer(s)?
I am fortunate to have had an amazing upbringing from a strong woman. My mother taught me that anything was possible if I was willing to work for it and I hold her teachings close to my heart each day. I also have been inspired by the work of Eleanor Roosevelt. In the face of difficulty she rose above with dignity and carved new pathways for women.
What are you doing to make a difference in your community?
Getting involved. The single most important thing we can do for our communities is raise our hand to help make it a better place. I volunteer for a multitude of organizations which seek to have a positive impact on our community.
What’s your biggest professional success?
When I worked at CVPH it already boasted a successful volunteer program, but I am proud of the growth I brought. I grew the program from 200 to 350 volunteers, created multiple positions which significantly added to the patient experience, and created a hands-on junior volunteer program.
How do you contribute to the culture of your company?
The culture at CVPH gave me strong leadership skills which I am proud to utilize with my team in the NYS Assembly. I strongly believe that there is a stark difference between being a boss and being a leader; I try each day to listen to my team and ensure that everyone feels they are a contributing member.
What can the North Country do to make this region more appealing to a younger generation?
I believe we are already on this path. By enhancing the culture through waterfront revitalization, affordable quality housing, and access to the arts, we will provide a good life balance to young working individuals.
What is something that no one would guess about you?
I live and die by “Hamilton.” I likely could recite the entire musical from beginning to end, without stopping.