Vice President of Corporate Strategy Earns National ‘Distinction’
St. John’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy Joanne Braeunle was named to the Women of Distinction list recently released by McKnight’s Senior Living and Long-Term Care News. Joanne was one of just 22 women from across the country to receive the Hall of Honor distinction in 2020.
While Joanne has been a key contributor during her almost two decades of service at St. John’s, her career began in an industry much different than senior services. A graduate of Clarkson University (BS, Mechanical Engineering) and Rochester Institute of Technology (MS, Business Administration), Joanne spent 20 years at Eastman Kodak, first as a systems engineer working on space-based imaging systems before eventually becoming a business segment vice president and leading a staff of 300 people responsible for $60 million in revenue. In 2001, Joanne left Kodak to begin a career as an executive management consultant, assisting not-for-profit organizations. Her consulting work resulted in connecting with St. John’s–first as a board member–before being hired as a consultant to oversee the development of a new St. John’s property —Brickstone by St. John’s. A year later she was also asked to oversee construction on the St. John’s Green House Homes in Penfield.
“Joanne has done an outstanding job bringing her project and organizational skills from the for-profit world and applying them to the not for profit senior living and nursing home industry,” says St. John’s President and CEO Charlie Runyon. In addition to her work on the Brickstone and Green House projects, Joanne has also been the driving force behind recent renovation projects at St. John’s Home and St. John’s Meadows. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful to have Joanne as part of the leadership team here at St. John’s.”
The only local woman named to this distinguished list, Joanne and the other 21 Hall of Honor recipients will be honored at a celebration in Chicago in May. Congratulations, Joanne!