Scholarship Program at St. Ann’s Allows Employees to Further Their Education

Thanks to generous donors, 33 employees of St. Ann’s Community received scholarships this year to help further their education.

On Aug. 15, these recipients were honored at the 12th Annual Employee Scholarship Reception held at St. Ann’s Community at Cherry Ridge. Chris Wagner, founder of the St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, was the keynote speaker.

Since beginning the Employee Scholarship Program in 2008, donors have created nine endowed scholarships and donated over $580,000 in total. To date, 249 scholarships totaling $330,000 have been awarded to the employees of St. Ann’s Community.

“The program is totally donor-funded, made possible by generous gifts from grateful families, our board members and St. Ann’s employees,” said Steve Smith, vice president, St. Ann’s Foundation, which administers the program. “No one knows senior care like our employees, and we’re proud to invest in them as part of our commitment to our residents.”

Following is a list of this year’s recipients:

Alexander Almodovar, certified nursing assistant (CNA); Tetyana Blaga, CNA; Nichole Bradley, CNA; Shamar Bradley, CNA; Jontae Bryant, hair salon technician; Kelsey Butler, licensed practical nurse (LPN); Kimberly Damian – HIM compliance technician; Natalia Davila, wait staff; Keturah Doyle, CNA; Kimiko Gilbert, occupational therapy coordinator; Kiara Grey-Bradley, pharmacy technician; Anthony Johnson, security officer; Triciajean Jones, director of life enrichment; Kemara King, nutrition coordinator; Tibett Maxey, LPN; Derek McNeil, kitchen utility assistant; Sara Mele, life enrichment partner; Cindy Milke, senior LPN; LaKeya Owens, education aide; Jasmine Radcliff, LPN; Stephany Reyes, LPN; Brooklyn Rhines, CNA; Vianette Rodriguez, resident account supervisor; Anella Smith, registered nurse; Antoinette Starkes, CNA; Gloria Strader, nursing supervisor; Tyeesha Taylor, CNA; O’Donna Thompes, LPN; Landu Tuvibidila, housekeeping; Sarah Vandenbout, coding specialist; Sharicka Wallace, CNA; Lindsay Ward, speech pathologist; Janel Welch, director of quality.

To learn more about the Employee Scholarship Program, please contact Brianna Maltese at, or call 585-697-6306.

Photo: Thirty-three St. Ann’s Community employees were honored at the 12th Annual Employee Scholarship Reception held at St. Ann’s Community at Cherry Ridge.