Finance & People Success

Ilona Townsend

Star Baker People Success Coordinator

Team Member Since 6/20/2022

TOP WORK STRENGTHS: Organizational skills, quick learning, and thorough research

MY FAVORITE THINGS: Reading, baking, Star Wars, spending time outdoors, going on road trips, and visiting the tea room

Ilona Townsend is a People Success Coordinator for Hennessey Digital. With a passion for plants and animals, Ilona received a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Saint Louis University with an emphasis in conservation and evolution. But that wasn’t enough: she also got a minor in Theology, just for fun. After learning there weren’t THAT many jobs in agriculture, she pivoted and found her true calling in Human Resources/People Success! Add on a Master of Arts in Business Administration, another Master of Arts in Human Resources Management, and the scale of business and biology is now even.

Ilona lives in the countryside just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. When she’s not working, you can find her reading in the hammock on her farm, going on road trips with her husband and two miniature dachshunds, making tea, and watching The Office on repeat. If she ventures into “the city” (St. Louis), it’s usually to spend the day at the London Tea Room and stop by a bookstore “just to look” … okay, maybe to buy.

On my bucket list:

Travel to France and successfully use my French language skills, go on an Alaskan Cruise, take a tour of historical locations in England

Favorite food of all time:

Blueberry lemon cake with a pot of Irish Breakfast Tea from the London Tea Room here in St. Louis


My #1 HD Core Principle

Make It Fun; Don't Be A Jerk - I love a fun work environment. If everyone is "making it fun," I believe it fosters all of the other guiding principles, i.e. people will be more likely to be honest, to always want to learn more, and to do what's right.

My Fav Song

My Fav Inspirational Speech

"What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it."

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