The CCA Foundation celebrates its staff



The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation recently took the time to recognize Joanne Couvrette, Executive Director, and Gina Mahmood, Director of Finance, for their 10 years of dedication and support to CCA students.

Participants included: Principal Brett Killeen; assistant directors Garry Thornton and Brianna Castellanos; CCA classified personnel; current CCAF board members Julie Bronstein, Kimberly McSherry, Jane Lea Smith and Mariah Sharkey-Brumund; former FACC Board members Michele Fortin, Janette Shelton, Amanda Chin and Marie Vaughn; and the CCAF staff, who were all on hand to surprise and congratulate Couvrette and Mahmood on their 10 years of success and wish them 10 more.

Former board member Susan Jentzsch sent her best wishes: “What a privilege to work alongside Joanne and Gina. Truly the creative genius and masterful organizer who enabled the foundation to raise extraordinary sums of money for the benefit of CCA students on a daily basis. Here are another 10 years of huge success for the CCA, Joanne and Gina.

The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation was established in 2004, the same year the Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) opened its doors to 364 freshmen in portable buildings in a parking lot. Since then, the Foundation has strived to raise funds, primarily through contributions from parents, to support the extraordinary range of programs and the exceptional quality of education that have become the hallmark of CCA. Every CCA student benefits in one way or another from the generous donations made by CCA families and the community to the Foundation.

Although the Foundation was formed in 2004, the decision of the Board of Directors to recruit Joanne Couvrette was a turning point for the Foundation. Couvrette recalls, “As the very first Executive Director of the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, I had the opportunity to build an effective non-profit organization from the ground up, including collaborating on policies and procedures, a new mission statement and a new vision of creativity. special events and general fundraising campaigns. The result has been to triple the annual turnover over the past 10 years.

Couvrette has a 20-year career as a non-profit executive. She began her management career at a Fortune 100 company and served as the Managing Director of a successful small business before entering the nonprofit world. Her daughter graduated from CCA in 2015.

Mahmood, hired by Couvrette, is a former CPA with a BS in accounting from Florida State University. Mahmood was a member of the CCAF Board of Directors prior to taking up her CFO position and has a daughter who graduated from CCA in 2014. In addition to preparing monthly financial statements in accordance with nonprofit best practices, Mahmood helps an external CPA firm complete the annual financial statements audit.

The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation team achieves this, which has never been more proven than in the 2020-21 school year, when fundraising had to be completely redesigned. In 2020, Giving Tuesday, donations to the Foundation funded a new state-of-the-art live TV studio for the CCA. The live broadcast studio was used to film and broadcast CCAF’s first hybrid event – a 2021 gala. The number of “Dollar Per Day” donors during the pandemic school year was 297, or 121% of the total. pre-pandemic year of 2019.

The total number of donors in 2020 was 1,243 – while the average number of donors per year is 1,141.

The Foundation staff also includes Nancy Coker, Director of Events. Coker is also a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors (since 2014) and has been a CCA volunteer since 2010. His son graduated from CCA in 2015, and his daughter in 2018.

Miriam Bogan, Marketing and Media Professional, has been with the Foundation for three years and has a daughter who graduated in 2015. Accountant / Administrative Assistant Lorenda Ballard joined the staff over seven years ago, while her two children were ACC athletes. Visit for more information. – Press release from the CCA Foundation



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