F65 Announces Leadership Transition & Welcomes New Board Members – 9/5/17

Foundation 65 is pleased to announce that current board member, Dr. Keith Robinson, has assumed the role of Executive Vice President (EVP).  As EVP, Keith will work closely with current Board President Diane Lequar and Executive Director Lise Jinno over the next year and will succeed Diane as Board President beginning July 2018.

In addition, Foundation 65 welcomes six new board members from the Evanston/Skokie community to its board of directors. Collectively, this group brings deep commitment and knowledge of public education and the Evanston/Skokie community and will help amplify the Foundation’s ongoing work of enriching the educational experience of students in District 65 through literacy and arts programming.

Background on Keith and the new board members follows:


Keith Robinson: Keith has been a board member of Foundation 65 since 2012, serving as the Chair of the Programs Committee and then Co-Chair of the Board Development Committee.  A high school teacher and coach for many years, Keith transitioned to high school administration and currently serves as the Associate Principal of Educational Services at Evanston Township High School. Previously, Keith was Dean of Students at Niles West High School, before moving to Niles North High School as Assistant Principal of Operations at Niles North High.  Keith is a native of Gary, IN and earned his BA 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.  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.

Margaret Bavis: 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.


Franz Calixte: 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 Master’s in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  Franz, who was born and raised in Evanston, graduated from Dawes, Chute, and ETHS.





Julie Cutter:  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.





Aimee King: Aimee 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 Master’s 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.





Erin Rams: Erin is a former high school teacher who taught Spanish at CICS Ralph Ellison High School and Chicago Public Schools.  She earned her Master’s degree in Secondary Education from National Louis University, 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.


















Moira Stein: Moira came to Evanston from New Hampshire as a student at Northwestern, then moved back here with her family in 2007.  She graduated NU with a degree in economics and sociology and spent more than a decade working at a brand marketing agency as an account manager for CPG companies including SC Johnson and ConAgra Foods.  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.



“Keith Robinson’s talents and insights will be great assets to Foundation 65 as we transition leadership of our board in the coming year,” said Diane Lequar, Board President, Foundation 65.  “Additionally, Margaret, Franz, Julie, Aimee, Erin, and Moira bring us a strong mix of perspectives and skills, from multiple school communities.  Given the deep commitment of our new and continuing board members to excellence in public education, I am looking forward to working with all of them to increase F65’s support for students and teachers in all of our schools.”

Foundation 65’s new board members began their terms in July 2017.