Director Emeritus • Joe Gordy, Flagler Hospital


2016-2017 Executive Committee

President • Claudia Dencer, Leonard’s Studio

Past President • Jim Stege, Architect

Vice President • Meghan Deputy, St. Johns River State College

Treasurer • Aaron Kleist, Harbor Community Bank


members at large

Ralph Klein, Herbie Wiles Insurance

Cathy Mittelstadt, St. Johns County School District

Michelle Nemeth, First Atlantic Bank

Beverly Slough, St. Johns County School Board

Larry Spear, Florida Power & Light



Julia Click, Flagler Hospital

Brian Corson, VyStar Credit Union

Pat Cusick, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Sherry Davidson, Davidson Realty

Tim Forson, Superintendent of St. Johns County School District

Holly Hill, Flagler College

Colby Keefe, Jackson Law Group

Christina Langston, St. Johns County School District

Hamilton Neal, Raymond James

Tracy O’Such, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Paul Ray, Community First Credit Union

Sheila Rice, PTO representative

Jim Richardson, Wells Fargo Corporation

Justin Scott, Northrop Grumman

Doug Shagam, The Nielsen Company

Charles Taverna, Carr Riggs & Ingram

Board meetings are typically the third Friday of each month. Executive committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Finance committee meetings are held on Tuesdays prior to Friday board meetings. For more information, email Donna Lueders at [email protected].



Donna Lueders, Executive Director

Mary Alice Hayes, Director of Five Learning Years (FLY)

James (Jim) Wheeler, Take Stock in Children® Program Director

Jerrad Jay, Coordinator of Tools 4 Schools & The Bailey Group Resource Depot

Cathy Skarr, Bookkeeper

Toni Siriani, Executive Assistant

“Investing in Kids has helped students fund projects needed to help their students. They inspired the community to support education.

— John Berlin, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

What We’ve Achieved

  • Over 89 percent of all fundraising income received goes back into the schools.
  • $400, 000 was allocated back to the school district in 2014.
  • 23 classroom projects funded.
  • Take Stock in Children: Over 120 scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception.
  • Five Learning Years (FLY) is an initiative with the Foundation and its partners to help families prepare their children for academic success.
  • Launched “Community Conversations for Education,” a movement to focus on community aspirations and to identify next steps in creating change.