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About Us

The District 39 Educational Foundation has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1993. We are an independent volunteer group that raises and grants funds for projects that expand, enrich, and complement educational opportunities for the students, staff, and community in District 39. We provide programs and materials through our Gripp Grants that our community is not able to fund with tax dollars alone. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes parents, teachers, business owners, and other members of the District 39 community.

The Foundation’s Mission

  • Promote educational innovation and excellence
  • Encourage community involvement and support for education
  • Challenge educators to raise their aspirations for educational programs
  • Increase students’ global awareness and understanding of human diversity
  • Expand opportunities for students to fulfill their varied interests and talents

Foundation Trustees for 2018-2019


Linda McKenzie – Chair
Brooke Conkey – Vice-Chair
Sara McSpedon – Treasurer
Margie Karabas – Secretary

Committee Chairpersons

Julie Adrianopoli & Rebecca Lieber – Fundraising Co-Chairs
Liesel Brown – Board Development Chair
Anne Stumpf & Sara Titterton – Math and Science Co-Chairs
Amanda Doblin – Marketing Chair
Mhairi Phillips – Fine Arts Chair
Kristie O’Neill – Gripp Grant Chair

School Liaisons

Meredith Ilg – Harper Liaison
Amanda Doblin – McKenzie Liaison
Liesel Brown – WJHS Liaison
Rebecca Lieber – Highcrest Liaison
Sara McSpedon – Romona Liaison & Foundation Asst. Treasurer
Karen Fischer – Central Liaison

Additional Board Members

Kristen Bowie
Lucy Burne
Mike Cabonargi
Sophie Candido
Michelle Coffey
Betsy Crosswhite
Kerry Hasbrook
Lisa Hirschle
Tanya Jeong
Cameron Johnson
Sandy Karwowski – Romona Teacher
Ray Lechner – Superintendent
Darshana Lele
Genny Lenon
Debbie Lincoln
Dana McLaughlin
Kim Peters
Jen Truszkowski
Krystal Verestraete

Honored Lifetime Member

Sam Mikaelian