July 24, 2016

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Medina alumna is foundation’s first full-time director


MEDINA — For the first time, the Medina City Schools Foundation has a full-time executive director.

She is Jennifer Anzalone, a 39-year-old Medina resident and alumna of Medina Schools.

Anzalone, who started work last month, said her goal is to expand the foundation’s mission of raising private funds to pay for school programs that otherwise would be eliminated because of the loss of public dollars.

“The foundation is going to step up and help provide additional revenue for programming,” Anzalone said Friday.

She cited the example of music enrichment programs for elementary school students, which have been reduced because of cuts in band and orchestra programs.

Anzalone has a background in fundraising for nonprofits, having worked for Boy Scouts of America and as a development officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County.

She also volunteers for her children’s school and as a youth soccer coach and Girl Scout leader.

“The board is very pleased to have Jennifer Anzalone as our executive director,” said Robert Skidmore, president of the foundation’s board, in a prepared statement. “Jennifer has been working diligently with the district to have MCSF partner on future fundraising opportunities within the district and we are excited about the motivation, energy, and passion she displays.”

The foundation was created in 1984. In addition to supplementing school programs, it provides scholarships and grants for students going on to college.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.