About Us


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 $2.3 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

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

Ex Officio

Dr. Katrise Perera, GBSD Superintendent

Athena Vadnais, GBSD Communications

John Hartsock, GBSB Liaison


Vicki Moen, Executive Director