College Relations

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18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 880-2000
(800) 292-1582

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1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 272-0030
(866) 212-2235


The Office of College Relations is a highly-integrated group of professionals that leads the college in championing its story to all audiences for the purposes of cultivating friends, building support and generating resources to enable Medaille to achieve its mission and vision.

Our primary responsibilities include alumni and donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, marketing communications and public relations and website development.

College Relations Staff

John CrawfordJohn P. Crawford
Vice President for College Relations
(716) 880-2879

John P. Crawford ( has over 20 years of leadership experience in development and organizational advancement in higher education and nonprofit sectors in Western New York. Prior to joining Medaille, he served as director of development at the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc., where he increased revenue for the Schools of Public Health and Health Professions and Dental Medicine. He has served as the director of development at the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter, executive director of Camp Fire Council of Buffalo and Erie Co., Inc., campaign associate at SUNY Brockport and sports and venue manager for World University Games ’93.

In addition to his professional experience, Crawford is an active member of the Rotary Club of Williamsville and community service chair for Rotary District 7090, which encompasses Western New York and Southern Ontario. He holds a master of science in applied public affairs studies from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor of arts in international politics from the Pennsylvania State University.


Summer Gemmati HandzlikSummer Gemmati Handzlik '08 '12
Annual Fund Manager
(716) 880-2315

 Summer Gemmati Handzlik ( graduated from Medaille in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in communications and in July 2012 received her MBA, also from Medaille. She joined the College Relations Office in 2009, having previously worked in the marketing department at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP. She assists with alumni relations, communications and donor relations projects.
While at Medaille, she served as editor-in-chief of the Perspective student newspaper and INcitemagazine, and earned a first-place award in feature writing by the New York Press Association.


Carla KestnerCarla Kestner
Graphic Designer / Publications Specialist
(716) 880-2146

Carla Kestner ( manages a broad array of publications from concept to completion, while maintaining the College's graphic and branding standards. She is responsible for the design and production of College materials, including marketing materials, signage, and publications including AlumNews and the Medaille magazine.


Jeanine PurcellJeanine Purcell
Director of Major Gifts
(716) 880-2259

Jeanine Purcell ( joined Medaille College as director of major gifts in the Office of College Relations in March  2012. She is a seasoned development professional with 25 years of fund raising experience in private high school and not-for-profit within the city of Buffalo. She served as the director of advancement at Sacred Heart Academy for five years and the director of development and public relations at Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School for 12 years. She is a board member of the Planned Giving Consortium and past board member of The Franciscan Center, Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo, Girl Scouts of Buffalo and Erie County. Purcell is a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. She is a graduate of Buffalo State College.  


Vicki WardVicki Ward
Director of Advancement Services
(716) 880-2209
Vicki Ward ( has worked for Medaille's College Relations Office since 2004. As Director of Advancement Services, she maintains and manages Medaille's information on individuals and donations. She supports Medaille's projects for direct mail, fundraising, and communications. In addition she works and volunteers part-time for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Ward has 13 years of experience in database management and is currently pursuing a degree through Medaille's Accelerated Learning Program in Amherst.


John CrawfordMegan Fitzgerald Hassenfratz '10
Coordinator of Alumni Relations
(716) 880-2207

Megan Fitzgerald Hassenfratz ( graduated from Medaille in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in communication. She joined the Office of College Relations in July 2012. As the Coordinator of Alumni Relations, she is committed to informing, engaging, and connecting graduates of the College. Her responsibilities include managing communication efforts, volunteer committees, and event planning.

As a student at Medaille, Megan was the editor-in-chief of the student-run publications the Perspective and INcite Magazine. She was also a member of the Scholars Program and the True Blue and Gold Leadership Program. She is a recipient of the Amanda K. Olcott Leadership Award.


Patricia JettyPatricia Jetty ’13
Graduate Assistant
(716) 880-2526

Patricia Jetty ( graduated from Medaille in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public relations management at Buffalo State College, and also works as a tutor in Medaille’s Academic Support Center. She joined the Office of College Relations in January of 2013 as an intern, and returned in August of 2013, furthering her responsibilities as a graduate assistant.

During her time as an undergrad at Medaille, Patricia served as the marketing manager of the Commons Café, a student-run business located at the Buffalo campus, for two and a half years. In addition, she was highly involved in student organizations, including Enactus and Prelude. 


Keri Del Vecchio
Interactive Marketing & Communications Strategist
(716) 880-2884

Keri Del Vecchio ( joined the Office of College Relations as the Interactive Marketing & Communications Strategist in September 2013. Before joining Medaille, Keri worked as the Assistant Director of Web Services in the Marketing & Communications Department at Canisius College. In this role, she implemented a variety of email and social marketing campaigns, in addition to being the project lead on a complete re-brand and re-launch of the college's web site.

Additionally, Keri works as an Associate Marketing Consultant for Noel-Levitz.


Jordan Barry
Data Entry Specialist
(716) 880-2184

Jordan Barry ( joined college relations as a part-time employee in July 2013. Her responsibilities at Medaille involve maintaining information on individuals and donations, mailings, and coding projects using the College’s Raiser’s Edge database. In addition to working at Medaille, Jordan has worked at Roswell Park Alliance Foundation since 2009 with data development. She also works for an architecture firm in Amherst.

She graduated from Buffalo State College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Analysis and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Architecture and Sustainability. 

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