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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery & Ascension Garden Board of Trustees Make Major Appointments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Board of Trustees of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Ascension Garden have announced two senior appointments. Lynn Sullivan has been named as the organization’s chief executive officer. Jack Drexel, formerly director of operations, has been promoted to director of project development and parish cemetery consulting. Both positions were effective Aug. 1.

Sullivan joined Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Ascension Garden as the chief financial officer in December of 2012, and has been credited with strengthening the organization’s ties to the community. In March she was named as the interim general manager. Following a search conducted by the executive committee of the board of trustees, she has been appointed chief executive officer.

Prior to joining Holy Sepulchre, Sullivan held senior leadership roles with Eastman Kodak, Harris Interactive, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill and Paychex. She is active in the community serving on numerous boards including the Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Rochester Business Alliance Small Business Council, Rochester Chapter of Financial Executives International, Rochester Institute of Technology alumni association, and the University of Rochester Simon School’s alumni association. She is also a member of the Rochester Rotary organization, Rochester Women’s Network, Women’s Executive Network, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Sullivan is a parishioner of St. Louis Church in Pittsford, New York.

Drexel has been with Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Ascension Garden for more than over 36 years, most recently as the director of operations for both facilities. Under his supervision the Christ Our Light Mausoleum came to fruition as well as the design, construction and the opening of Ascension Garden which is located in Henrietta. He is a Certified Catholic Cemetery Executive, and an officer with the Catholic Cemetery Conference, a national Roman Catholic organization committed to cemetery advocacy and education, and is its current treasurer. He is a faculty member for the Catholic Cemetery Conference’s School of Leadership. Additionally, Drexel is a member of the New York State Association of Cemeteries and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Jack is a parishioner at Holy Cross Church in Rochester, New York, and is a member of numerous parish committees.

The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester and chair of the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Board of Trustees, said, “with the promotions of Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Drexel, I look forward to the continued ministry of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Ascension Garden. I have confidence that both Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Drexel will effectively guide this important area of ecclesial life, and preserve the cemeteries as sacred places of prayer, reflection and beauty. Their stewardship of the cemeteries will positively contribute to our belief as Catholics in Eternal Life, and promote continued awareness of the importance of Christian burial.”

Posted Aug. 12


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