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.
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.
Program Committee 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.
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.
Marketing and Communications Committee Co-Chair, F65 board member since 2011
Christyne Dzwierzynski is the principal of a marketing consulting firm, working with major consumer packaged goods corporations. Previously, she worked at both Unilever and Quaker Oats in the consumer and market insights departments. Her involvement with District 65 includes working with the District on strategic planning committees, as well as being an active member of the Washington and Nichols PTAs. Christyne earned a M.M. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1992, with a concentration in Marketing and International Business. She also received her B.S. degree in Marketing from Miami University, Ohio in 1987. Christyne lives in Evanston with her husband, Jim, and their 3 children who attend Washington, Nichols and ETHS.
Marketing and Communications Committee Co-Chair, 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.
Program Committee, F65 board member since 2013
Katy Hart is an attorney specializing in residential real estate. She has operated as a sole practitioner in Evanston for the past eight years. In addition, she has been an active volunteer within District 65, most recently serving on the District’s New School Committee. She has also served as PTA Co-President at Walker School and has led numerous school events and fund raisers. She is a member of the Phyllis Ganser Award Committee for outstanding PTA volunteers and was a member of the host committee for Foundation 65’s 2013 My 65 event. Katy holds a law degree from DePaul University and a BA from Macalester College. Katy was raised in Evanston, where she attended Lincolnwood, King Lab, Haven and Evanston Township High School. She and her husband Rick have two sons, who attend Chute Middle School and ETHS.
Programs 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 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.
Board 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.
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.
Fundraising Committee, My 65 Co-Chair, F65 board member since 2014
A medical professional and an educator, Donald Morales currently serves as a Clinical Educator, University of Chicago, Pritzker School Of Medicine and is a Lead Physician in the Intensive Care Unit Program within the NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has been the Program Director for the Annual Pulmonary Symposium at Alexian Brothers HealthCare Network. Donald volunteers as an Instructor for the Robert Crown Health Education Center, Body Trek Program, teaching middle school students in the City of Chicago about science and medicine. Donald earned his Doctor Of Medicine Degree from the College Of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. Donald lives in Evanston with his wife, Alicia, and their two children, who attended D65 schools.
Traci Brown Powell
Board Development 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.
Board Development Committee Co-Chair, F65 board member since 2012
Dr. Keith A. Robinson 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 at National Louis University. 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 his current role as the Assistant Principal of Operations at Niles North High School, where he is in charge of the day to day operations of the building. 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, which his children attend. Keith lives in Evanston with his wife, Sharon, and two daughters.
Fundraising Committee, My 65 Co-Chair, 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 at Cherry Preschool and 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 Cherry Preschool.
Treasurer, 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.
Board Development Committee Co-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 a public high school in Nagoya, Japan. Prior to working for Foundation 65, she also worked at Northwestern University’s Center for Reproductive Science and served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association in Palatine. She has her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Evanston with her husband and their two children who attend Washington Elementary School and Cherry Preschool.
Nancy Marshall, Office Manager
Nancy 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.
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
Charles A. Lewis – Chairman, Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, Managing General Partner of Coach House Capitol
Penelope Peterson – Dean, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
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 – Mayor, City of Evanston
Bernice Weissbourd – Founder Family Focus, Founding president of Family Resource Coalition of America