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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Julie Billiart Schools joins the Akron community in mourning philanthropist and long-time friend, Ann Amer Brennan. Ann and her late husband David were instrumental in bringing JB to the Akron community. A loan from the Brennan family allowed the school to purchase the building that is now JB Akron. Upon David’s death, Ann turned that loan into a generous gift and started a relationship with JB that lasted many years.

In the years following their initial gift, Ann supported tuition assistance, our annual Celebrate Gala, and most recently, the expansion of the Akron campus. Her generosity made the eighth-grade classroom possible, giving them an expanded learning space.

The Brennans were tremendous champions of the city of Akron. Through their philanthropy and their leadership, they remained committed to expanding resources that benefited their beloved community. Ann was educated as an attorney, but volunteering and philanthropy ultimately became her profession. She held many leadership roles in Akron non-profits and led with compassion and courage.

Family was the center of her world, and she spent many years as a full-time mom and homemaker for her four children. She applied her knowledge of the law to lend leadership and philanthropy to causes that benefitted Akron families, including making sure that children with social and learning differences had access to a school where they found love, acceptance, and belonging.

We are incredibly grateful for the Brennan family and their commitment to giving Akron families access to the services they need. Ann was 90 years old.

open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

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