Enhance student academic and skill development
Encourage educational innovation and creativity
Encourage school/community partnership
District 58 schools support more than 5,000 students annually and the need for new student teaching aids, tools, and technologies changes regularly. The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 continuously seeks new and unique funding opportunities to support this annual need.
Teacher and Staff Development
Creating better citizens and community
Preparing students for community partnerships with key individuals and corporations
The Education Foundation is committed to funding educational projects and initiatives that would not otherwise be funded by District 58 due to limited financial resources.
Our Board of Directors
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 is a 501c(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt philanthropic group of volunteer community members that believe in the vision of enhancing the education of District 58 schools.
The Education Foundation supports thirteen schools: Belle Aire, El Sierra, Fairmount, Henry Puffer, Highland, Hillcrest, Indian Trail, Kingsley, Lester, Pierce Downer and Whittier Elementary Schools, along with Herrick and O’Neill Middle Schools.
We represent various areas of the community, including District 58 administration, staff, principals, teachers, the board of education, village elected officials, and local business owners committed to enriching education for the district.
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 works throughout the year to increase private support of educational activities not funded by tax dollars. This effort provides additional support to district-wide programs, as well as providing grant opportunities for teachers to supplement current programs as well as bring innovative ideas to District 58.
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 Board of Directors
Janet AlikpalaBOARD PRESIDENT
David S. OlsenBOARD VICE PRESIDENT
Karoline KellamBOARD TREASURER
Mia ChurmaBOARD SECRETARY
Dr. Kevin RussellEX-OFFICIO, SUPERINTENDENT
Dr. James EichmillerEX-OFFICIO, ASST. SUPERINTENDENT TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING
Megan HewittEX-OFFICIO, COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR
Zac CraftEX-OFFICIO, PRINICPAL HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY
Katie NovoselEX-OFFICIO, PRINICPAL LESTER ELEMENTARY
Kirat DoshiEX-OFFICIO, DISTRICT 58 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
Becky NelsonEX-OFFICIO, CHAMBER630
Elena FalcoBOARD MEMBER
Mike HayesBOARD MEMBER
Anne HealyBOARD MEMBER
Brian KrawjewskiFORMER BOARD TREASURER BOARD MEMBER
Joseph MacchiaBOARD MEMBER
Troy JohnsonBOARD MEMBER
Drew NastalBOARD MEMBER
Elizabeth O'TooleFORMER BOARD PRESIDENT BOARD MEMBER