March 20, 2018

Westelcom Hires New Information Security Officer


Jill Headshot

Watertown, NY


Ms. Jill Van Hoesen joined Westelcom in March of 2017, as Strategic Business Consultant, being appointed Information Security Officer in June 2017. Jill’s career spans over 30 years in executive information technology roles in government, finance and media. Mostly recently, she served as the Chief Information Officer for the Johnson Newspaper Corporation and Business Tech Bytes columnist for NNY Business Magazine. Ms. Van Hoesen contributes monthly to the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber’s newsletter with “Consultant’s Corner”. This popular monthly column continues to explore the varying ways information technology can leverage advantages for local businesses in an ever-growing global economy. Jill will be working to enhance Westelcom’s cyber security posture implementing and managing a comprehensive cybersecurity program insuring various regulatory compliance.

Ms. Van Hoesen presently serves as the President of the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Trustees, Past President and Secretary of the Theresa Rotary Club and Secretary/Treasurer for the Rivergate Wheelers ATV Club, as well as, moderator and speaker at numerous venues throughout the year.  Jill has also served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the United States Postal Service Postal Customer Council (CNYPCC) and President of the Newscycle IConnect User Group and on the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Ms. Van Hoesen is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a BA Communications/Computer Science. Jill currently resides in Theresa with her husband, Glenn.

 About Westelcom Communications

Westelcom is a provider of advanced telecommunications solutions operating throughout Northern New York’s region between Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain. Westelcom offers a strategic suite of business communication services over their fiber network which includes telephone, long distance, high-speed broadband, dedicated internet, and private Ethernet networks for multi-office connectivity.  The company also provides advanced IP phone and data solutions to include hosted PBX, hosted firewall, server colocation, and carrier neutral colocation services to businesses and enterprise clients.

As a leading carrier of telecommunications services, Westelcom has extensive expertise in serving the health care industry to include providing managed internet services to two regional telemedicine networks, 9 regional hospitals and over 120 medical facilities.  Their Mission is to exceed customers’ expectations by providing excellent customer service in communications solution design, delivery and support.”  Westelcom can be reached at or 866.482.5425.