How We Get It All Done
As 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, MaryBeth Driscoll. To understand how grants are evaluated, click here for more information.
Elementary Grant Committee*indicates teacherMiddle and High School Grant Committee
Julie Armour Sonia Kim Dawn Rempell Lisa Betz Adam Leaman* Diana Sajer Allison Busam Ellen Lehrich Randy Wallock* Natalie Daugherty Catherine Ligouri Corey Walsh* Lisa Hartman Trish Murphy Amy Wszoczynski* Denise Holmes Lauren Pardo * - TeacherThe Audit Committee: Chaired by Pete Pardo
The 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 Garvey
The purpose of this committee is to oversea the investment of the endowment assets. Currently, the committee is comprised of a chairman, and three members, plus the assistant treasurer of SEF and its co-presidents. The endowment assets are invested as a balanced portfolio.The Development Committee: Chaired by Kim Fox
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.
Jude Avelino Karen Bowman Laura Schaffer
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.The Communication Committee: Chaired by Amy Wise
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.