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 20 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 (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
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.
Anna Melnychuk joined Crescent School’s Advancement Office in 2016. She has 14-year track record in database management, donor services and gift processing. Previously, 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.
Leslie Pringle joined the Advancement Team in 2018. Her responsibilities include alumni reunion and networking events, the University Networking Program, working with the Alumni Executive Committee and supporting the Advancement Team. Previously, she was the Assistant to the Head of Crescent's Upper School for four years. She holds a Certificate in Business Administration, Marketing from Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Barb Shearer has been part of the team at Crescent School since 2016 and joined the Advancement Office in November 2018. Previously, she helped run the Toronto California Closets franchise which she co-owned with her husband for 12 years. Prior to that she worked at Nortel for 15 years in a variety of human resources roles. Barb has a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Ryerson University.
Chantal Hunt joined Crescent School in 2018 as Events Manager. She is responsible for the planning and execution of events at Crescent including Board of Directors, Alumni, and Parent Events. Before joining Crescent, she worked at Distillery Restaurants Corp, The Yorkville Club, The Rostie Group and the "nabs" not-for-profit organization. She graduated from Trent University then completed a post-graduation program in Sports and Events Marketing at George Brown College.