Foundation 65 Welcomes New Board Members 7/3/2018

Foundation 65 is pleased to welcome five new board members from the Evanston/Skokie community to its board of directors. Their passion for supporting public education and knowledge of the community will help the Foundation work to enrich the educational experience of all students in District 65 through literacy and arts programming. 

Larry Brown: Larry Brown is the Lead Software Developer at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. He received his BA in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University. Larry and his wife have lived in Evanston for over 15 years, and he is actively involved in the Evanston community as a volunteer coach for various youth soccer, baseball, and basketball teams.


Andrea Ford: Andrea Ford is Senior Director, Administration & Strategic Planning at Northwestern University – McCormick School of Engineering. Her current work in higher ed is preceded by a 15-year career at The Northern Trust Company where she was a Senior Vice President and Director of IT Governance.  Andrea received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Arts Management, and an Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University. Andrea has served on the Oakton PTA, the board of the Musical Offering, as Chair for the Evanston Chicago-Main TIF Advisory Committee, and is a current member of the Woman’s Club of Evanston. She has lived in Evanston for almost 30 years and in the same South Evanston neighborhood since 1999. 

Kimberly Mahal Laude: With extensive experience as both a teacher and teaching artist, Kim Laude specializes in the Kuumba Arts curriculum, which teaches the history and customs of various cultures through its traditional art forms. Kim has been involved as a performer and artistic staff with the Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company, the Pintig Cultural Group and the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti. She is also the Creator and Director of Kuumba Youth Program Inc., which serves several CPS schools throughout the South side of Chicago. Kim received a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked towards a Master’s in Teaching from National-Louis University.

Alicia Salinas: Alicia Salinas and her family moved to Evanston from North Carolina in 2007.  She has been an active volunteer in District 65 schools since her daughters started school.  She has been a Fluency Tutor, a Kindergarten Literacy Partner and Books and Breakfast tutor and summer reading buddy. She has also served as Dewey PTA TWI Co-Chair and Dewey PTA representative for the PTA Equity Committee. She is passionate about Latin-American literature and wants to share the joy of reading with children. She has volunteered to coach the Dewey Team to compete in Desafío de los Libros, a Spanish version of Battle of the Books, for the last two years. Alicia received her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University.

Steve Zehr: Steve Zehr is a mechanical engineer focused on infrastructure and energy enhancement upgrades to commercial and institutional buildings.  Before his career in engineering, Steve taught science at a public high school in New Orleans, LA where he served as Chair of the Science Department and founded and led an outdoor program, which conducted canoeing, camping and hiking outings.  Over the past eight years, Steve has served on the board of Cherry Preschool, including two years as Board President.  Steve has a B.A. from Goshen College and a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin.