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

Kathy Bishop, Cowan Financial Group

Ralph Klein, Herbie Wiles Insurance

Cathy Mittelstadt, St. Johns County School District

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

Christina Langston, St. Johns County School District

Hamilton Neal, Raymond James

Michelle Nemeth, First Atlantic Bank

Jim Richardson, Wells Fargo

Justin Scott, Northrop Grumman

Doug Shagam, The Nielson Company

Bill Snyder, Dixon Hughes & Associates

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



Donna Lueders, Executive Director

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

Marci Poston, Director of Programs, Take Stock in Children®

Karen Sturgis, Director of Tools 4 Schools & The Bailey Group Resource Depot

Holly Sipprell, Director of Marketing & Events

Cathy Skarr, Bookkeeper

Patricia Nieboer, Programs Assistant

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 90 percent of all fundraising income received goes back into the schools.
  • $400, 000 is allocated back to the school district.
  • 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.