Kim Hutzell

Kim Hutzell

Executive Director

Kimberly (Kim) Hein Hutzell provides oversight to the overall operations and strategic direction in partnership with the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg, combining her years of non-profit experience with her passion to help people and ‘give back’ to organizations that are close to her heart and life experiences.

Receiving her BA degree in Social Work focusing on Child Welfare, Kim was selected as the first female in the highly competitive juvenile court officer intern program. Later, realizing her desire to focus on prevention, Kim returned to obtain her MA in Youth and Human Service Agency Administration also from the University of Northern Iowa. Selected as a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Grant Scholar, Kim supported the first-ever National Nonprofit Leadership Conference with what was formerly known as American Humanics Program which supported more than 80 colleges and universities beginning not-for-profit-focused degrees. With a focus on Management, Fundraising, and Human Resources, her thesis research published as Formalized Mentoring: The Benefits for Employees & Organizations. Kim has completed numerous certification programs including HR management & Analytics with the Wharton School of Business, a CEO Management Certification from Case Western Reserve, and coursework and multiple certifications from the Center on Philanthropy, Fundraising School – Indiana University.

Kim began her career in crisis-based roles in residential treatment and intensive supervision programs for high-risk, delinquent, and abused teenage boys. Transitioning to prevention services, she worked with teen mothers and prevention education programming for girls with the Meskwaki Indian Settlement (Sac & Fox), and filled in her summers as an Equestrian and Camp Director with the Girl Scouts which opened the door to a professional Girl Scout career. A recipient of the national “Thanks Badge,” Kim’s 30 years of service to the Girl Scouts of the USA included 5 jurisdictions in Iowa, Illinois and South Carolina. Kim has also served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Finance & Fundraising at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and has been a foster parent and/or respite provider to 45 children – three of whom she adopted.

Kim believes that to be successful in a role, one must engage the community. She has held numerous leadership positions at the local, regional and national level with training, speaking, coordinating or advocacy roles. Noted awards include the Inaugural Class of South Carolina Women’s Leadership Institute, a founding member of South Carolina Women in Leadership, a multi-year Trustee appointment by the South Carolina Governor and Senate to the SC Children’s Trust, a 2018 recipient of the Spartanburg Woman of Achievement Award by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, and a Woman of Achievement Award recipient from the Spartanburg Business & Professional Women.

Active in numerous membership organizations, Kim is a member of Fernwood Church where she has chaired/served on the Personnel and Finance Committees. Kim is the mother to three adult children – daughters Makayla and Amber and son Kaleb, three grandchildren – Natalie, Blaze and Briggs, and a spoiled rotten fur-baby named Buddy.

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