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Kaleigh  Tennies

Kaleigh Tennies

Director of Client Services

Kaleigh has worked in the Insurance industry for her entire career. Before joining the Upstate team, she was in a leadership role where she focused on implementing processes, developing teams and taking an innovative approach to business growth. Kaleigh has a passion for developing talent, challenging the status quo, and driving change throughout organizations. She has her bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College in Corporate Finance and is currently completing her master’s in Leadership and Organizational Change from Nazareth College.

Kaleigh interned for Upstate Special Needs Planning in 2015 while pursuing her undergraduate degree. It was during her internship where she discovered her true passion: Kaleigh’s ‘why’ is ‘ensuring all individuals, no matter their capacities or diagnosis, have a platform and opportunity to succeed. ‘

Kaleigh’s passion in the special needs space comes from her experience with her younger brother who is living with Autism. She believes in a world where a diagnosis does not define but inspires.

Kaleigh is a native to the Finger Lakes and grew up just outside of Canandaigua, NY. She enjoys being on the water, traveling to the Adirondacks and spending time with her family.