Jeanna Faul’s relationship with Advancement started one afternoon more than two decades ago when she arrived at the doorstep of the university’s oldest building, Summerhill, to deliver a package. “I walked in to the building and thought ‘wow, this place really feels like home’,” she recalls warmly. At the time, Jeanna was working in the Department of Electrical Engineering – but when she saw a posting for a job in Advancement, she knew it was the right fit. “I applied for the building first,” she laughs, “but obviously I was interested in the position, too!”
She got the job and hasn’t looked back. Twenty-three years later, she is still enjoying her days in a cozy interior office in Summerhill. As a Fund Stewardship Officer (a position she has held for 13 years), Jeanna oversees all of the university’s funds that have been established by donors – money designated to serve specific needs on campus, from student awards to professorships.
“There’s a story behind all of these funds..."
Jeanna, who works closely with the university’s development officers, prepares all of the annual reports tracking how those funds are distributed. She also works on the Student Thank You program, which allows scholarship-winning undergrads to thank their donors online. “There’s a story behind all of these funds, and you can really see the impact they are having on students,” she says. “It really makes you feel good because you can see how you helped make that happen. It’s really rewarding.”
Jeanna loves that her job allows her to work with a large variety of people, including the university’s many donors who now know they can call her directly if they have questions about their fund reports. A hard worker, Jeanna also loves that her colleagues share her work ethic. She won the John J. Heney Award in 2008.
“People are so dedicated,” she marvels. “They really go above the call of duty. They care so much about the donors and about developing Queen’s.”
Jeanna uses her spare time to work towards her long-term goal of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science on a part-time basis. “There are a lot of opportunities for growth at Queen’s,” she says. “In 23 years, I’ve gone from holding an administrative position, to being a development officer! They really recognized my potential and have allowed me to grow.”