The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation was founded in 1994 as a way to provide additional financial support to district classrooms. Business leaders, educators, parents, and community supporters formed the Foundation hoping to make a difference in the education of Gresham-Barlow students. Since that time, the Foundation has provided over $1.9 million in education enhancements at every school in the District.
GBEF support is unique to each school but throughout the entire district, the positive results of the Foundation can be seen. Additional technology including smart boards, document cameras, iPads, iPods and laptop computers are now available to students. Innovative reading curriculum for every grade level was added thanks to funds raised by the annual Phone-a-Thon. The Foundation’s continued support of literacy now affects students by making an eLibrary available to all students 24/7 — even when school isn’t in session.
The GBEF continues to partner with the district to explore new ways to support teachers and the learning experience for every student who calls the Gresham-Barlow School District their educational home.
Mission and Vision
The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation provides funding to enhance and enrich the educational experience of the students in the Gresham-Barlow School District.
The GBEF provides funding to increase every student’s access to literacy through the annual Reading Matters Phone-a-Thon. District classrooms are positively impacted by classroom Innovation Grants that enable educators to request funding for creative teaching curriculum, student-centered projects, and increased technology.
Bringing Great Things to the Classroom”
Board of Directors
Jan Barkley, Executive Vice President, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Tyson Bell, President, BeginRIGHT Employment Services
Marcia Chisholm, retired GBSD educator
Justin Fox, Owner Justin Fox Allstate Insurance
Shelley Burns-Giusto, Burns Feed Store
Bob Goerke, retired GBSD administrator
Cathy Larkin, retired GBSD educator
Steve Lewis, retired GBSD administrator
Bob Lilly, President, Connect Consulting
Mike Miller, President, Gresham Sanitary Service
Kendall Miller, President, Interlaken, Inc.
Cindy Mumford, GBSD employee
Linda Nelson, Hans Nelson & Sons Nursery
Vince Patrick, HomeStreet Bank
Sue Piazza, President, Bucket List Travel Tours
Sunny Rai, iHeartMedia
Joe Swift, Owner, Joe Swift State Farm Insurance
Katie Tomassene, Sr. Vice President, US Bank
Wendy Vondrak, community member
James Schlachter, GBSD Superintendent
Athena Vadnais, GBSD Communications
Sharon Garner, GBSB Liaison
Vicki Moen, Executive Director