F65 Leadership

Foundation 65 Board of Directors

The Foundation 65 Board of Directors is comprised of parent and community volunteers.  The Board is diverse and representative of Evanston; we strive to have a mix of new and long-time residents, and residents with children of all ages -- including some not yet in the system and others who have graduated.  All of our Board members are committed to providing the children of Evanston/Skokie D65 with the best in public education. The F65 Board of Directors meets six times during the year, and committees meet every other month and more frequently as necessary.  Board members sit on one of five committees:  Board Development, Programs, Finance, Fundraising/Development and Marketing and Communications. In addition, the District 65 Superintendent and one school board member are designated as Ex-Officio (non-voting) Members of the Foundation 65 Board.  Both of these positions are largely observational and intended to provide a communications link between F65 and D65.  F65 operates with its own by-laws and is separate and independent of District 65.  While separate entities, the D65 school administration, D65 school board and F65 are most effective when they work collaboratively.

Margaret Bavis

Programs Committee, F65 Board member since 2017 Margaret is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in free and charitable care and immigrant health as well as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Rush University. Margaret has been an active volunteer including serving as PTA Vice-President and Arts and Cultural Programing co-chair at Oakton Elementary School, D65 Fluency Tutor, Saint Francis Steering Committee Partner as well as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Margaret has a BA from Tufts University and a DNP from Rush University. Born and raised in Evanston, Margaret attended Lincoln Elementary School, Nichols Middle School and Evanston Township High School. She and her husband Pete have a daughter at Evanston Township High School, a son at Chute Middle School and another son at Oakton Elementary School.

Scott Bramley


Programs Committee, F65 Board member since 2016 Scott’s extensive educational background and literacy focus makes him an excellent addition to the F65 board.  Scott is the Associate Principal for Instruction and Literacy at ETHS, after having served as Department Chair for English and Reading. Prior to ETHS, Scott worked as the Literacy Center Director at Niles North High School, an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University and Westwood College, and as an English teacher at Niles North.  Scott also serves on the Skokie District 73.5 School Board.  Scott has a BA from Loyola University and MA degrees from St. Xavier University and Concordia University.

Franz Calixte

Board Development Committee, F65 Board member since 2017 A D65 and ETHS alumnus, Franz has been teaching History for 15 years and coaching soccer for 20 years all at ETHS.  He is an active member of the community and has served on Foundation 65’s host committee for the My 65 Benefit since 2014.  Franz has a BS in Marketing from Syracuse University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  Franz who was born and raised in Evanston graduated from Dawes, Chute and ETHS. He and his wife Laura have three children who will be attending Walker, Chute and ETHS this year.

Julie Cutter

Fundraising Committee, F65 Board member since 2017 A D65 and ETHS alumnus, Julie obtained her BA in International Studies from Kenyon College and her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.  Julie had a 20-year career in international affairs including 17 years as a Foreign Service Officer.  She served on the board of the Jewish Reconstruction Congregation and is currently on the board of GirlForward.  Julie was also a PTA co-president at Dewey and worked with the City of Evanston to build Noah's Playground for Everyone.  She lives in Evanston with her husband, David, and her children attend Dewey and Nichols.  

Kalen Daniels

Kalen Daniels

Marketing and Communications Committee, F65 Board member since 2016 With a background of almost 20 years’ experience in legal marketing, Kalen Daniels brings a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic communications and market research. Kalen is a senior manager in the marketing department of Sidley Austin LLP. She graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Public Relations and French. Kalen has served on the Board of Directors for Northminster Nursery School and currently serves as an Auxiliary Board member for Childserv.  Kalen and her husband Ranjan have three children who attend Kingsley Elementary School.

Sarah Darnton

Program DarntonCommittee Chair,  F65 board member since 2014 As a long-time teacher and reading specialist, Sarah Darnton will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in literacy education to the board. Sarah earned her BA in History and her teacher certification from the University of Michigan. She received her Masters in Education from Harvard in Language and Literacy, plus a certification as a Reading Specialist. Sarah taught for ten years in Chicago, Winnetka and New Mexico working with children in regular and bilingual classrooms from 1st grade though middle school. Sarah and her husband Chris have three children who currently attend Orrington Elementary School.

Evan Finamore

Evan Finamore Foundation 65Programs Committee, F65 board member since 2013 Evan Finamore studied fine art and art history in college, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. She worked for several years as both an exhibit developer and exhibit and program consultant for Chicago Children’s Museum. She also worked as an exhibit and program evaluator for two independent evaluation firms in Chicago conducting qualitative data analysis in a variety of museums around the country.  She currently owns her own small business, PhotoPhlowers, but dedicates much of her free time to volunteering in her kids’ schools and in the community, particularly when there is an opportunity to lend her creative or artistic skills to a good cause.  She has served on the board of Parent Day Out and Cherry Preschool and currently serves on the SpringBoard of Evanston Arts Center.  Evan has served on the My65 committee for the past four years and most recently served as the event’s Co-Chair. Evan and her husband, Carl, have lived in Evanston for nearly 20 years and have three children who attend Lincolnwood Elementary, ETHS and Colorado School of Mines.

Aimee King

Marketing and Communications Committee, F65 board member since 2017 Aimee King is an environmental planning and permitting specialist at the global consulting firm, CH2M. She received her BA in Geography from the University of Iowa and her Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. Aimee has been actively involved in the King Arts and Park School communities where her two sons attend. She has volunteered as co-coordinator of the King Arts Chess Club and is currently the treasurer of Park School's PTA. Aimee has had the pleasure of serving on the My 65 Benefit Host Committee for the past two years. She lives in Evanston with her husband, Brian, and their 2 sons.

Jude Laude

Jude LaudePrograms Committee, F65 board member since 2016 An ETHS alumnus, Jude couples his love and knowledge of the Evanston community with his educational experience.  Jude has nearly 10 years of experience as a school counselor and is currently working at North Lawndale College Prep High School.  Prior to that, he worked as a school counselor at Clemente High School in Chicago.   Jude is currently a board member for Evanston School District 202.   He has a BS from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Public Administration from Governors State University.  Jude and his wife Lisa have four children, two at Bessie Rhodes Magnet School and two at ETHS.

Diane Lequar

Diane BWBoard President, F65 board member since 2011 Diane Lequar has a background in management consulting, bookkeeping, and project management. She has been an active volunteer for children and families, serving over time as Board President for The Parent Circle, Dewey PTA Co-President, F65 Treasurer and Executive VP, and Leadership Council member for the Evanston Community Schools Initiative,  In 2015 she received the Phyllis Ganser Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year Award. Diane holds an M.A. in Communications from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics from Southern Methodist University. Diane and her husband James live in Evanston with their two children, who attend Nichols Middle School and ETHS.

Craig Likhite


Fundraising Committee, My 65 Benefit Co-Chair, F65 board member since 2016 A D65 and ETHS alumnus, Craig pairs his knowledge of Evanston with his marketing and communication skills.  He also comes from a family full of Evanston teachers so is well versed in Evanston education issues.   Craig has also been involved with Foundation 65, serving on the Fundraising Committee for the My 65 event for several years. Craig has over 15 years of experience in the advertising world, and currently works as Vice President, Creative Manager / Recruiter at Cramer Krasselt.  Craig attended Kansas University.  He and his wife live in Evanston with their son who attends Willard Elementary School.

Traci Brown Powell

TBPProgram Committee, F65 board member since 2015 A D65 alumnus, Traci has an extensive educational background, working as a librarian at ETHS and serving as tutor and volunteer across both D65 and D202. Her passion for literacy and for the Evanston community has led her to help organize a tutoring program for Jr. Wildkit Football and to serve as a Race & Equity facilitator at ETHS. Tracy has a BA from Western Illinois and an MA from Northwestern University. Traci and her husband Curtis live in Evanston with their children who attend Bessie Rhodes and ETHS.

Erin Rams

Fundraising Committee, My 65 Benefit Co-Chair, F65 board member since 2017 Erin is a former high school teacher who taught Spanish at CICS Ralph Ellison High School & Chicago Public Schools.  She earned her Masters degree in Secondary Education from National Louis, with extensive coursework in English as a Second Language.  Erin is an active volunteer with the Walker PTA and has served as Secretary, Silent Auction Chair for the Walker benefit, and developed and coordinated the school newsletter.   Erin has three children who attend Walker Elementary and Covenant Nursery School.

Keith Robinson

Executive Vice President and President Elect, F65 board member since 2012 Keith earned his B.A. degree in Secondary English Education from Ball State University, his Master’s in Education Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University and his doctorate from National Louis University in Educational Leadership.  A high school teacher and coach for many years, Keith transitioned to high school administration and served as Dean of Students at Niles West High School, before moving to Niles North High School as Assistant Principal of Operations at Niles North High School.  Currently, Keith serves as the Associate Principal of Educational Services at Evanston Township High School.  Keith has served on the Alumni Board at Ball State University for the last decade and is active in a number of professional education organizations and at Walker Elementary School and Chute Middle School.  Keith lives in Evanston, his home for the last 15 years with his wife, Sharon, and two daughters.

Sheau-ming Ross

SMRossMarketing and Communications Committee, F65 board member since 2015 Working as a Chief Financial Officer for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and an active volunteer at many Evanston area non-profits, Sheau-ming brings a wealth of experience managing finances, developing strategies and building relationships to grow organizations.  Sheau-ming serves as a volunteer with the Lincolnwood Elementary PTA.  She has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She and her husband Ian live in Evanston with their three daughters who attend Lincolnwood Elementary and Haven Middle School.

 Saralyn Sacks

S_Sacks_03Treasurer, F65 board member since 2015 Coupling her work as an Investment Portfolio Manager at Essex Investment Management Company with her volunteer commitments in the Evanston educational community, Saralyn will be an excellent addition to the board. She has served as treasurer for Lincoln School PTA, is a mentor for Evanston Scholars and Math Olympiad coach. Saralyn has a BS from University of Michigan, a MS from London School of Economics and an MBA from University of Chicago. Saralyn and her husband Michael live in Evanston with their three children who attend Lincoln Elementary School and Nichols Middle School.

Moira Stein

Fundraising Committee, My 65 Benefit Co-Chair, F65 board member since 2017 Moira graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics and sociology and spent over a decade working at a brand marketing agency as an account manager for CPG companies including SC Johnson and ConAgra Foods and currently does freelance creative copywriting.  Moira served on the board at Covenant Nursery School and has been an active volunteer at Orrington Elementary as PTA co-president, auction co-chair, room parent, fluency tutor, and editor of the school newspaper.  She has 2 kids in the district - a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son who both attend Orrington.

Kathy Tisdahl

Kathy Tisdahl Foundation 65Board Development Committee Chair, F65 board member since 2013 Kathy is a lifelong Evanston resident and an alumna of both King Lab and Evanston Township High School.  Kathy holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.   Formerly, she worked as a professional political consultant.  Kathy has served on a number of non-profit boards and currently co-chairs the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center Board.  Kathy has been an active member of the Orrington PTA and recently co-chaired the My 65 fundraiser.  She lives in Evanston with her husband Pat Hughes and their two children who attend Haven and ETHS.


Lise Jinno, Executive Director

Lise has served as the Executive Director of Foundation 65 since 2009.  Lise is a District 65 alum who attended King Lab Magnet School and ETHS.  Lise is a former English as a Second Language teacher, who taught for several years at Chigusa High School, a public school in Nagoya, Japan.  Prior to working for Foundation 65, she served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association in Palatine, a membership association comprised of judges, attorneys, law students and associate members who live/work in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She also worked at Northwestern University’s Center for Reproductive Science, where she organized the Center's guest speaker series and annual symposium on reproductive science.    She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Lise lives in Evanston with her husband and their two children who attend Washington Elementary School and Cherry Preschool.

Nancy Marshall,  Office Manager

Marshall.1Nancy has served has the Office Manager since 2010. She received a B.S. in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston. Prior to joining Foundation 65 she worked as a production coordinator for feature films and television. Nancy has been active with the PTA and currently serves as PTA President at Haven Middle School. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children who attend Haven Middle School and ETHS.

Advisory Board

Patty Barbato - F65 Past President; Former Chicago Public Schools teacher; Community Volunteer Lee A. Cabot - F65 Immediate Past President, Staff member at Northwestern University for its Master of Product Design and Development Program; Former Director of the Evanston History Center Walter Carlson - Partner - Sidley Austin LLP; Former D65 School Board Member Lisa D'Angelo - Asst. Operations Manager, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute;NU School of Continuing Studies; Former D65 School Board Member David Figlio - Dean, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University Hon. Steve Hagerty - Mayor, City of Evanston Charles A. Lewis - Chairman, Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, Managing General Partner of Coach House Capitol Robert Reece - Robert Reece Insurance & Financial Services Rosie Rees - Partner -Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, former F65 Board Member, former D65 board member Hon. Jeff Schoenberg - Advisor, JB & MK Pritzker Family Foundation and former Illinois State Senator Terri Shepard - Executive Assistant to CEO, US Foods, former D65 board member, former F65 board member, former D65 board member Don Tarkington - Partner, Novack & Macey; Former F65 Board President Hon. Elizabeth Tisdahl - Former Mayor, City of Evanston Bernice Weissbourd - Founder Family Focus, Founding president of Family Resource Coalition of America Save Save Save Save Save