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Anne Mc Kenna

Anne Mc Kenna
Executive Director of St. John's Foundation
(585) 760-1333
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Years of Employment: From 1996 to 2007, and January 2017 to Present.

Experience at St. John’s: I previously worked for St. John’s from 1996 to 2007 as Marketing and Development Coordinator, and returned in January 2017 as Executive Director of St. John’s Foundation. My responsibilities include planning and carrying out a comprehensive fund raising program to advance the mission and vision of St. John’s.

Past work experience: I have worked for more than 30 years in development, marketing and communications. Past positions include Executive Director of the Leukemia Society, Finger Lakes Chapter, and Director of Development/Communications for CP Rochester, East House and most recently, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.

Education and training pertaining to your position: I have a Bachelor’s in English with Writing Concentration from Nazareth College, and certification as a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive.)

Personal life (family and hobbies): I am married 30 years to my husband, Fran, who works for Pathstone Corporation. We have 2 sons: Matthew, 25, who is earning his license in Marriage and Family Therapy at URMC, and my son, Colin, 23, who graduated from RIT last May, and now works for Sawhorse Productions in Hollywood, California.

I am also current Board President of AFPGV, (the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Genesee Valley Chapter) and Board Secretary of Rochester’s Reel Mind Film Series. My hobbies include photography, art and golf. I am a long-time member of a summer ladies’ golf league at Eagle Vale.

Why did you choose to work for St. John’s? For me, working at St. John’s is like coming home. I worked here previously at an exciting time; we were building and pre-marketing the Meadows and building the Hastings Building. I like the way St. John’s has built on its long history but remains flexible, constantly changing to meet the changing needs of elders. My mother was also a St. John’s resident from 2008 to 2014, and her sister, my aunt, lives in the Greenhouse at Penfield. So, I have been involved with St. John’s for many years. I hope that I’m successful in raising funds for St. John’s as we move into the future.

What are you most proud of here at St. John’s? The history…St. John’s is more than 100 years old. Having lived in the Lilac Neighborhood, I’ve always appreciated that the Home employed many city residents and has a long history of serving elders and their families from this area. I’m also proud of the success I had while pre-marketing and leasing the Meadows years ago, and of the many fundraising and marketing activities that we carried out for the Home, too.

Sum up your personality in one word. Affable, but some would say laughable.

What is your favorite part about working here? The friendly staff and residents, and the amenities, such as food service, the ice cream shop and gift shop.  

What do you look forward to most when coming to work? The smiles.

How do you embrace livingWe are aging for sure, but my husband and I have a motto — we do things ‘while we still can’... such as climb a hill, stay out late, golf nine holes without a riding cart, maybe go biking or hiking. It’s not easy, but we take a deep breath and carry on!

I embrace living professionally by considering it a privilege to be part of people’s philanthropy; to get to know donors, understand them and appreciate the reasons they give their support. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.“