New Foundation Team Brings Renewed Focus and Energy
There is a new Foundation team at the helm – with deep expertise in strategic fundraising and a renewed focus on the future of Saint Agnes and our dedication to the communities we serve.
“The Foundation, and our many partners who support our work, are critical to the long term success of Saint Agnes and the overall wellbeing of those we serve. Creating a dynamic team of individuals who embody our mission and bring a sense of passion and excitement to this work was paramount,” shared Kirstan Cecil.
The Foundation’s leadership structure has been re-imagined to more closely align the organization with the hospital and community needs. Having served on the leadership team at Saint Agnes for nine years overseeing its marketing, communication and community outreach, Kirstan Cecil recently expanded her role, assuming the position of Chief Marketing and Development Officer (CMDO), now also overseeing the Foundation, which will be led in daily operations by JoAnne Lyons Wooten and her team.
“ We are eager to engage with our donors, community leaders, physicians and associates to understand their interests and passions to collaboratively determine how to best match them to the needs of Saint Agnes and the community,” said JoAnne, Foundation director of development, who joined Saint Agnes last month after nearly two decades as principal of the management consulting firm, The JBW Group, LLC. “We are determined to use our strengths as a diverse team to create meaningful relationships and long-lasting partnerships.”
The Foundation has also recently welcomed Season Voelker, manager of Annual Giving, who has spent her career working with nonprofit and community organizatons, helping individuals and families struggling with basic needs.
“I have always been passionate about making sure that the stories of the people in our community are being heard, and our partners understand the impact their donation makes on people’s lives,” Season said.
The expertise of the team is rounded out by the IT skills of Joshua Farquhar, finance and database specialist, and Janelle Pascual, development coordinator. Josh will provide detailed analysis of data and efficiencies, which will, in his words, “empower the Foundation with information to drive success.”
Janelle, a recent University of Baltimore graduate who interned with the Health Institute, enjoyed the inclusive environment at Saint Agnes. It is evident that employees are passionate about their roles and what they do in the community. I wanted to be a part of that, said Janelle.
Season said the team is inspired to create impact, so that donor investments in the Foundation have direct results.
One example of this is the Foundation’s “Innovation Tank” program, which awards grants to associate and department proposals which answer community needs. Project Lyft was a previous winner of this grant, providing free transportation to doctor appointments and treatments for high risk patients, who had previously missed key appointments due to transporation barriers.
Kirstan Cecil explained that the new team was going to take some time to evaluate their strategic direction, while looking for opportunities to strengthen relationships and partnerships in the community. Because of this, they made the decision not to hold the 2018 gala and other larger events in lieu of smaller, more personal outreach.
“We are excited to have JoAnne and the new Foundation team leading us, with their many years of experience in philanthropy,” Kirstan said. “We are looking forward to a great future, working together to make a difference.”