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.


Larry Brown

Programs Committee, F65 Board member since 2018
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 is actively involved in the Evanston community as a volunteer coach for various youth soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. He has lived in Evanston for over 15 years with his wife, Chaneice. They have two daughters who attend Evanston Township High School and a son who attends Willard Elementary School.

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 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 Nichols and ETHS.

Kalen Daniels

Kalen Daniels

Marketing and Communications Chair, 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 and Haven Middle 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 and ETHS.

Andrea Ford

Executive Vice President, Board Development Chair, F65 board member since 2018
Andrea Ford is an experienced strategic leader in business operations, organizational development and change management. Most recently, Andrea served in senior leadership positions for both McCormick School of Engineering and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her 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. Her two daughters attend Oakton Elementary School and Evanston Township High School. She is married to Paul Friedman, whose children attend Washington Elementary School and Evanston Township High School.

Katie Gillies

Programming Committee, F65 members since 2019
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 a son at Orrington and a toddler/ future District 65 student.

Mita Goel

Fundraising Committee, Board member since 2019
Mita 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. 

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 Jacobs. 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 is currently the treasurer of Park School’s PTA and serves on the PTA Equity Committee. Aimee has had the pleasure of serving on the My 65 Benefit Host Committee for multiple two years. She lives in Evanston with her husband, Brian, and their 2 sons.

Kimberly Mahal Laude

Programs Committee, F65 board member since 2018
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. She and her husband, Jude, have two children who attend Bessie Rhodes and two children at Evanston Township High School.

Beth McDonald

Fundraising Committee, F65 Board member since 2019
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.

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.

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

Board President, 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 has been 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, who attend Chute and ETHS.

Sheau-ming Ross

SMRossMarketing and Communications Committee, F65 board member since 2015
Working as the Chief Financial Officer for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and an active volunteer at several Evanston area non-profits, Sheau-ming brings a wealth of experience managing finances, developing strategies, and building relationships to grow organizations.  Sheau-ming is currently serving in board and volunteer positions with the United Way-McCormick Partnership for Strong Neighborhoods, the Lincolnwood PTA, and Northminster Presbyterian Church.  She has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Sheau-ming served as co-chair for the My65 event for two years. She and her husband Ian live in Evanston with their three daughters who attend Lincolnwood Elementary and Haven Middle School.

Saralyn Sacks


Finance Chair, 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, Nichols Middle School and Evanston Township High School.

Alicia Salinas

Marketing and Communications Committee, F65 Board member since 2018
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 a 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 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. She lives in Evanston with her husband Hernan De la Torre and their three daughters, who attend Dewey and Nichols Middle School.

Courtney Viamille

Finance Committee, F65 board member since 2019
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.

Steve Zehr

Programs Committee, F65 board member since 2018
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.  Steve and his wife Jen have two children attending Lincolnwood and one at Haven.




Alecia Wartowski, Executive Director

Alecia brings more than 20 years of experience working to transform the lives of children through advocacy, education, and engagement. She has worked in youth development, as a legal aid attorney representing women and children, and in higher education supporting gender equity and racial justice.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her EdM from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and her JD from the University of Wisconsin.  She has lived in Evanston for over 14 years and has three children at Walker Elementary School.



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 served as PTA President at Haven Middle School. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children who attend ETHS.




Advisory Board

Patty Barbato – F65 Past President; Former Chicago Public Schools teacher; Community Volunteer

Pete Bavis – District 202 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Lee A. Cabot – F65 Immediate Past President, Operations Coordinator at the Kellogg School of Management; Former Director of the Evanston History Center

Walter Carlson – Partner – Sidley Austin LLP; Former D65 School Board Member

Dave Davis – Executive Director for Neighborhood and Community Relations, Northwestern University

David Figlio – Dean, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Hon. Steve Hagerty – Mayor, City of Evanston

Barb Hiller – District 65 educator; Former District 65 Interim Superintendent

Diane Lequar – Former F65 Interim Director and Board President

Charles A. Lewis – Chairman, Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, Managing General Partner of Coach House Capitol

Hon. Elizabeth Tisdahl – Former Mayor, City of Evanston

Corrie Wallace – Anti-oppression educator, consultant and founder of CORRIE LLC (Cultivating Opportunities for Respectful Relfection on Identity through Education).