How We Get It All DoneAs you can imagine, in order to manage an organization that raises nearly $500,000 a year, reviews approximately 100 grants a year, and is constantly trying to raise awareness of its efforts, hundreds of volunteers are needed. In addition to our board positions, several committees have been established to further our efforts.
Grant committees meet four times during the year to review, evaluate, and vote on grants submitted by the district, teachers, and parents. Grant committees are organized by grade levels with an elementary, middle school, and high school committee. All committees are overseen by the Grants Chair. To understand how grants are evaluated, click here for more information.
Elementary Grant Committee *indicates teacher
Brayton Franklin Jefferson Lincoln-Hubbard Washington Rosemary Callahan Courtney Alberta Ian Bell * Susan Daniel Noreen Conway Chelle Donnelly Trudy Cohen * Tenecia Hunt Sharon de Gier Laura Lameo Rob Gannon * Donna Patel Karen Infantani Pragya Sharma Melissa Nelson Melissa Hendrix Margo Zigmont Erica Lang Kathryn SmithMiddle and High School Grant Committee *indicates teacher Julie Armour Sonia Kim Dawn Rempell Lisa Betz Ellen Lehrich Megan Schnall Allison Busam Catherine Ligouri Randy Wallock * Natalie Daugherty Rose McCauley * Corey Walsh * Lisa Hartman Trish Murphy Amy Wszoczynski * Denise Holmes Lauren Pardo
The Audit Committee: Chaired by Pete PardoThe Audit Committee oversees proper external review of the audited financial statements, as well as SEF’s risk management to include monitoring the internal control environment. Each member shall be free of any relationship that would interfere with his or her individual exercise of independent judgment.The Investment Committee: Chaired by Michael GarveyThe purpose of this committee is to oversee the investment of the endowment assets. Currently, the committee is comprised of a chairman, the SEF treasurer, the SEF president and three members. The endowment assets are invested as a balanced portfolio.The Development Committee: Chaired by Lesley Arlein
The Development Committee works to raise awareness of SEF's investment in our public schools and to encourage community support for SEF through contributions and attendance at our annual fundraiser events. They meet throughout the year to determine the direction and strategy for SEF's development process.This committee is responsible for the management of special events for SEF, organizing the annual Partner's Night event, and advising and supporting the Spring Fundraiser chairs for the annual Spring Fundraiser.This committee provides content for our annual solicitation, newsletter, and thank you communications. The committee also prepares and distributes press releases and maintains social media and website communications with parents and the community.