Remembering Kenna Mawk

Kenna MawkMost have undoubtedly heard that we recently lost a wonderful member of our Women in Consulting community, Kenna Mawk. Kenna passed away early August in a scuba diving accident.

I had the pleasure of working with Kenna in her pro bono role as Web content co-chair on my online marketing team. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her. She was a great member of the team—generous with her time, talented, and always willing to help others. And she was a genuinely very nice person.

Kenna was a well-liked member of the WIC community and will be sorely missed. Here are remembrances from a few people.

“Kenna epitomized the can-do spirit that makes the WIC pro boon team such a great group that accomplishes amazing things. She was always happy, ready to help out in anyway necessary—and always with a great sense of humor. I received many wonderful notes from the WIC Community about Kenna that reinforced everything I believed about her. She is deeply missed and leaves a big hole in our Web team and in our hearts.” —Avery Horzewski, WIC President

“Kenna was not just another WIC Web content co-chair, she was a very special, gracious, always-willing-to-pitch-in WIC partner that helped to make the WIC website as complete, current, and user friendly as possible. Life is so very fragile, and I think of what a loss this must be for Paul, her husband, her family, and her friends. I know I will miss her.” —Maria Larcher, Kenna’s Web Content Co-Chair

“I worked for Kenna at Ciphergen about 10 – 12 years ago. Even then she was a ‘flipper dipper,’ always planning her next scuba trip. She was a woman who absolutely lit up with excitement at the thought of taking her precious vacation time to work as part of a volunteer group counting endangered sea turtles in the Caribbean. I once asked her why she quit being a vet, to which she replied, ‘I couldn’t bear it any more: so many people were asking me to put to death perfectly good and loving animals.’” —Tori Muir, WIC Member

“I had the honor of working with her at Knight-Ridder Information/Dialog, and I had a great deal of respect for her knowledge and passion.” —Sharyn Fitzpatrick, WIC Member

For those who’d like to attend, a memorial service for Kenna will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 12 noon at Mariani’s Inn & Restaurant, located at 25000 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. A light luncheon will be served for those who’d like it. The food service will start at 12:30.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Kenna’s husband and family.' About Rachel Melia

Rachel is an Online Marketing Consultant specializing in social media marketing, with an emphasis on Facebook marketing. Rachel also serves as WIC's Online Marketing Director overseeing the WIC website and social media presence including WIC's blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1.' Lou Anne McKeefery says

    I think of Kenna every day. She and I had been working together weekly on a PetSiteSolutions web business since November. She was a lovely, talented and capable person. Losing Kenna creates a void in my day to day life.

  2.' Jen Berkley Jackson says

    Kenna was such a positive, upbeat person that just oozed good vibes…I regret that I’m getting to know her much better now than when she was sitting next to me at WIC meetings…!

  3.' Madhu Sanjanwala says

    I just read about Kenna and my heart skipped a beat. Cannot believe she is no more with us. I worked wit Kenna. She was my supervisor from 1998 to 1999 and later we worked together on one project. She was the kindest person I know – with lot of determination, enthusiasm and creativity. I respected her a lot and learned a great deal from her. She was always content and never complained about anything. Good people are very few and she was among them!

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