Foundation 65 Announces New Board Members

July 1, 2019– Foundation 65 is pleased to welcome four new board members from the Evanston/Skokie community to its board of directors. 

Their deep professional and community-based backgrounds, paired with a passionate commitment to public education, will greatly enhance the Foundation’s mission of enriching the educational experience of all District 65 students through literacy and arts programming.

“We are delighted to bring these dynamic new members to Foundation 65,” said Keith Robinson, Board president. “They each have a unique background, with diverse experiences that will greatly will greatly support our commitment to addressing Evanston’s educational disparities.”

The new board members are:

Katie Gillies: Katie Gillies works as Reading Specialist and English teacher at Niles North High School, where she previously served as a literacy coach. There, Katie serves as the lead architect of school-wide literacy improvement work; including building a comprehensive system of intervention and support for struggling readers. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Secondary Education from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree from University of Illinois, Chicago in Literacy, Language and Culture with Reading Specialist certification, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University, Chicago. Katie and her husband have lived in Evanston for almost eight years and have two young boys, including one at Orrington Elementary.

Mita Sanghavi Goel: Mita Sanghavi Goel is an Internal Medicine physician and faculty member at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, where her research and educational focus is delivering high quality health care to diverse populations. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, she completed her residency, chief residency and fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, she also completed her master’s in Public Health at Harvard University. As a researcher, she is examining methods of systematically screening patients for social needs that may affect their health and connecting them with local resources. As an educator, she directs the Health Equity and Advocacy curriculum for Feinberg Medical students to instill skills necessary for enhancing care in different populations. She and her spouse have lived in Evanston for more than a decade and are parents to two children attending King Arts School. 

Beth McDonald: Beth McDonald has a background in human resources and recently earned her master’s in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.  She served as the Director of Administration for the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern. She previously served as a board member for the Association of Northwestern University Women.  An advocate for social justice and equity, Beth has been co-facilitating four-part workshops on responding to racism and deconstructing structures of inequity.  Beth has been a resident of Evanston for more than a decade and is parent to a daughter at Nichols and a toddler/future District 65 student.

Courtney Viamille: Courtney Viamille is a business valuation analyst and forensic accountant. He has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University.  Courtney provides valuation services for gift & estate tax determinations, succession planning and litigation support purposes. He volunteers as a coordinator of the girls program for the JaHbat youth travel soccer club. Courtney attended District 65. He and his wife have two daughters who attended Dawes Elementary and currently attend Chute Middle School and ETHS.