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EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BLOOMINGTON

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ann Tillotson, President

Barbara Parrish, Vice President

Maureen Bartolotta, Treasurer

Addie Mattson, Secretary

Rick Safarz, Financial Officer

Stephen Bariteau

Joan Borchers

Marcie Coval

Robert Erickson

Renee Fetzer

Carol Frisch

Les Fujitake

Mark Holman

Karolyn Lee

Wendy Marczak

Ted Nemzek

Janet Pladson

Renee Raming

Melissa Riebel

Laura S. Schmit

Virg Senescall

Tiffany Shermak

Tamra Sieve

Flora Tsukayama

Cary Weatherby

Greg Worthen

 

Members Emeritus

Karyn Arazi, Past President

Arlene Bush, Deceased

Dr. Carl Casperson, Deceased

Ann Tillotson, President

Ann formerly was a Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets at Piper Jaffray Inc. and has served on the Foundation Board for the past 10 years. She is the founder of Children’s Food for Thought, a program within the Foundation, that provides school meals to students whose families are in financial crises but ineligible for federal assistance. She also actively volunteers in the Bloomington Public Schools and her church.

 Barb Parish, Vice President

Barb was a 20-year Kennedy High School English teacher who has served on the Foundation Board for 15 years. She was an active parent in youth hockey and baseball when her sons were young. Following in their fathers’ footsteps, her grandchildren now are experiencing education in Bloomington’s schools. Barb also served as volunteer coordinator for the Chip in for Schools Golf Classic.

Addie Mattson, Secretary

Addie is involved in the community through League of Women Voters, Bloomington Heritage Days and the Sister City Organization.  Previously she served for 25 years as the Community Relations coordinator for the Bloomington Public Schools. Addie has been the Foundation Board’s Secretary since 2000, and serves on the Scholarship and Communications committees.

 

Rick Safarz, Treasurer

Rick is a recent addition to the board. He is an inactive CPA who has been working in the Accounting field for over 30 years. He has lived in Bloomington for 35 years with and both of his children attended Jefferson High School. Rick is the current Treasurer of the EFB.

 

Maureen Bartolotta, Financial Officer

Maureen has been an active Bloomington resident since 1993. She has served as the PTA/PTSA president at several Bloomington Schools, also serving as President of the PTSA Council. She has been active in Bloomington United for Youth, Companies to Classrooms, and her church. In 2003, Maureen was elected to the Bloomington Public School Board, where she has served for the past 12 years and is presently the Chair of the Board.

Marcie Coval, Stipend Committee

Marcie has been involved in education on some level her whole life and enjoys spending her time supporting education, teachers and children.  She is a former Kennedy High School teacher and currently works as a reserve teacher as well as a tutor for the AVID program.  Marcie and her husband have two children who currently attend a Bloomington elementary school.

Robert O. Erickson, Membership Committee

Bob is President of the Bloomington Port Authority, serves on the Board of Haug Foods and as Director of Pervinco Financial. He is a Board member of the Hennepin Technical College Foundation and serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Minnesota State Colleges Student Association. Bob also serves on the Board of Tubman and is Treasurer of the Parks and Trails Council.

Renee Fetzer, Food for Thought Committee

Renee is an elementary education teacher and taught for several years in Iowa and Missouri. She and her family have lived in Bloomington since 2006. She is currently a stay at home mom who remains very involved in education by taking on PTA leadership roles and volunteering at her sons' schools. She and her husband share a strong belief in quality public education and have a strong desire to support education and their community.

Les Fujitake

Bloomington’s Superintendent of Schools and Foundation Board member since 2006, earlier served as Director of Finance for the School District. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of Bloomington Heritage Days.

Karyn Arazi

Past President

Karyn is a co-founder of the Foundation and Business Manager of Dewey Financial. She is a leader in her church and active with the Bloomington Noon Rotary. Karyn previously served two terms on the Bloomington School Board and served as chair for two years. She is a founding member of the EFB's Board of Directors and served as president for the Board for over twenty years.

Carol Frisch

Carol and her husband enjoy living in Bloomington.  She is a long time member of League of Women Voters and holds significant roles with LWVMN. Her professional career is diverse, much of it devoted to educational areas: Director of Motheread/Fatheread-MN – a family literacy program, Adult Education for Girl Scouts Milwaukee, Head Start in Detroit, MI, and middle school teacher in IN and IL.

Karolyn Lee

After 30 years teaching at Normandale Hills Elementary, Karolyn continues to serve education as an active member of the EFB's Board of Directors (she is a past Vice President). She is a member of the EFB's Scholarship Committee and is on the Companies to Classrooms Board. She serves on the Richfield Bloomington Credit Union Board and on its Credit Committee. She is an Elder at her church and sings in the choir.

Wendy Marczak

Wendy has served Bloomington Public Schools as a school social worker for 13 years and as president of the Bloomington Federation of Teachers for three years. A member of the Foundation Board since 2008, Wendy coordinates the teachers’ fundraiser for Senior Scholarships to help Bloomington graduates continue their educations.

Ted Nemzek

Ted, a Board member since 1993, is a former teacher and mayor of Cannon Falls, MN. A long-time volunteer in the Bloomington Schools’ program for disabled adults, the Minnesota Literacy Council and the Eleven Who Care Award honored Ted’s service. Ted earned the Bronze Star for Valor and the Combat Infantry Badge for his service in the Korean War. As past Commander of the Fort Snelling Honor Guard, Ted has taken part in 7,000 military funerals.

Renee Raming

Renee comes from multiple generations of Bloomington students: her mother was in the former Lincoln High School’s first graduating class, her grandparents worked for the school district and her two sons attend Bloomington schools today. Renee co-chaired a school district referendum campaign. An attorney, Renee concentrates her practice in labor and employment law.

Laura S. Schmit

Laura, a family law attorney, works as a theater director at Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools and co-chaired a school levy referendum campaign. She serves on the Foundation’s Senior Scholarship Committee and Bloomington Theatre and Art Center’s Strategic Planning Team for Educational Planning. She is involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Hennepin County Bar Association and her church.

Flora Tsukayama

Flora is a valued volunteer and student mentor in Bloomington’s schools. Her service includes facilitating the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) program for youth and the Parents and Community Leadersʼ Inclusiveness Project as well as serving on the Diversity Advisory Council. A member of the Foundation’s Board since 2002, she chairs the Prodigy Awards committee. Flora also is active in Bloomington United for Youth and the Sister City Organization.

Cary Weatherby

As founder and Executive Director of Companies to Classrooms, Cary secured over $1 million worth of donated equipment and materials for teachers and students in the Bloomington schools and other local school districts. She also serves on the Richfield Public Schools Foundation and on the Bloomington Charter Commission.

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Mail: Education Foundation of Bloomington

2575 W. 88th Street Bloomington, MN 55431

 

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