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About Us

The District 39 Educational Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, raises 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 2020-2021


Monica Grubbs – Chair
Julie Hanahan – Vice-Chair
Kristie O’Neill – Treasurer
Linda McKenzie – Secretary

Committee Chairpersons

Brooke Conkey – Board Development Chair

Kerrie Crawford – Special Projects Chair

Meredith Ilg- Event Planning Committee Chair

Karen Fischer – Gripp Grant Committee Chair

Sophie Candido – Marketing Committee Chair

Debbie Lincoln – Math and Science Chair

Additional Board Members

Stephanie Adam
Julie Adrianopoli
Iqbal Brainch
Michele Coffey
Kari Cremascoli
Betsy Crosswhite
Amanda Doblin
Nazish Faruqi
Megan Gemp
Carmel Glynn
Tanya Jeong
Cameron Johnson
Darshana Lele
Rebecca Lieber
Dana McLaughin
Sara McSpedon
Mhairi Phillips-Miller
Nancy Schumacher
Lindsay Shea
Robin Sheperd
Krystal Verestraete
Kari Walles

Honored Lifetime Member

Sam Mikaelian