John Lynch P'16, '18 leads Crescent School’s External Relations Department, which manages the School’s enrolment, fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications activities. He joined Crescent in 2006 as Chief Advancement Officer before taking on his current role in 2014. His career as an advancement professional spans more than 30 years. His previous roles include leadership positions at Queen’s University, the Wellesley Hospital Foundation, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science, and Upper Canada College. In addition to his work for Crescent School, he is also a proud Crescent parent.
Jill Cannon P'23, '25 first joined Crescent School in 2006 as Director of Development, then took on her current role as Director of Advancement in 2013. As an advancement professional for more than 19 years, her career has included positions at the University of Toronto's Department of Alumni & Development and The Bishop Strachan School, and consulting work for Royal St. George’s College and Montcrest School. She is also a proud parent of two Crescent students.
Mrs. Kathryn Foster
Associate Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations
Kathryn Foster has managed Crescent School’s alumni relations activities since 2011. Her responsibilities include alumni annual giving, reunion and networking events, and the alumni mentoring and internship programs. Before joining Crescent, she worked at Sunnybrook Foundation. She holds a certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College, in addition to her BA from Western University.
As the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Coordinator, Katie Watt supports signature Crescent School Alumni programs, events, and annual giving as well the Alumni Executive Committee. She is also a proud co-mentor to a group of Upper School students. She previously worked in the Crescent Student Services department, and prior to that she held a variety of administrative positions. She holds a BA in Political Science from York University and received a Personal Development Certificate from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.
In her role as Campaign Officer, Cristina De Miranda supports the Advancement team in prospecting, fundraising and stewarding on behalf of Crescent School. She holds a BA in Professional Writing from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Event Management from Humber College. Prior to joining Crescent, she worked as coordinator on a variety of event and fundraising teams in Toronto, including Moorshead & Associates and Sistering.
Anna Melnychuk joined Crescent School’s Advancement Office in 2016. She has 14-year track record in database management, donor services and gift processing. She held a similar position in Advancement Services at Ryerson University. Prior to Ryerson, she worked in Alumni Relations at George Brown College. She holds a BA in music and pedagogy from the University of Odessa, a Computer Systems Technician diploma from George Brown College and a certificate in Big Data Analytics from Ryerson University.
Emilia Graca joined Crescent School in 2016 as Events Manager. She is responsible for the planning and execution of all events at Crescent, including alumni and parent events. Before joining Crescent, she worked at The Knot Group, a PR/events agency. She graduated with honours from the University of Guelph with a double major in International Development and Geography Studies.