Three New Staff Members Join Fisher
St. John Fisher College has welcomed new staff members to the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Center for Career and Academic Planning, and Office of Institutional Advancement.
Erin Budd Barry joins as the director of the Institute, Dr. Julia Overton-Healy will serve as the director of career services, and Adam Paré has been appointed assistant vice president for development.
Barry brings her extensive leadership and entrepreneurial insight to Fisher. She specializes in relationship management, strategic planning, professional development, community engagement, and team building practices.
“I am deeply humbled and thrilled to be selected as the founding director of the newly formed Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College. I share in Fisher's unwavering commitment of service to others and have full belief that the Institute will advance the mission and vision of the College, while deepening meaningful and reciprocal relationships with the larger Rochester community. I look forward to working with my talented colleagues at the Institute to expand opportunities for academic enrichment and community impact,” said Barry.
A strong advocate of children’s innovative programs and progress, Barry currently serves on The Children’s Agenda and Mary Cariola Children’s Center boards. She also supports the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Barry began her career at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Health Care Administration. Recently, she worked as the director of partner relations at the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, an organization dedicated to Medicaid Redesign. There, she collaborated with the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and supported the community in transformative systems-change efforts and culturally responsive, person-centered care practices. Barry holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and a Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. She currently resides in Rochester.
Overton-Healy brings her expertise in women’s leadership, professionalism education, first generation students, strategic planning, Title IX, and assessment. In addition, she has significant experience in career and leadership education.
She pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech communications at Eastern Illinois University. Previously, she held positions in career and leadership development at SUNY Plattsburgh, Alfred University, and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctoral degree in leadership and administrative studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she holds certificates in StrengthsQuest (now CliftonStrengths, a college student career development program) from Harvard University and Global Women’s Leadership from Santa Clara University. Overton-Healy frequently speaks at regional and national conferences. She currently resides in Fairport.
“I’m both excited and eager to join St. John Fisher College. The excitement comes from joining one of the nation’s best small colleges focused on providing transformative opportunities for students. The eagerness comes from wanting to contribute my skills and expertise toward making the Fisher Edge, and the entire Fisher experience, one of distinction, and I hope, one of national acclaim,” said Overton-Healy.
Paré began his career in non-profit work as the director for the Fund for Public Interest Research in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and San Francisco, California. Most recently, he served as the senior director of regional advancement at the University of Rochester. In this position, he oversaw the Metro New York City region regarding alumni count and dollars raised annually. Paré also served as the regional advancement director for the New England region, where he coordinated and executed a $30 million campaign. He also created the Boston-New England Regional Cabinet, their key volunteer leadership group.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, Paré holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with what is already a dedicated and talented Alumni and Development staff to help advance the goals and priorities of St. John Fisher College. This is an exciting time for the Fisher Family, and I believe we are poised to take the institution to the next level while also strengthening the foundation that will ensure our success in perpetuity,” said Paré.