2021 - 2022 Board of Directors

All work of the Foundation is accomplished by private citizens who are elected to serve on the Board of Directors in a volunteer capacity of staggered 3-year terms. Annually the Board elects officers and directors, reviews policies and practices, evaluates and funds qualified grants, and conducts a financial audit. The Boards of Education of Unit 5 and District 87 encouraged the formation of the Foundation and strongly support its efforts—a partnership for innovation in public education.


Each board member attends board meetings, serves on, at least, one committee and makes personal contributions of time, money and work in their areas of strength or specialty. Board members are also responsible for soliciting contributions to the Endowment Fund.


 Doug Ficca 

        - President 

Renee Cook

        - Vice President 

Allison Stephey

        - Secretary 

Scott Wilson

        - Treasurer 



David Anderson
Jackie Bauer
Sarah Bauer
Erin Easter
Yuki Gottschaldt
Morgan Lurkins
Christopher Marks
Denise Muehleck
Poshlyn Nicholson
Paula Pratt
Kristi Rink
Jim Rosenlund
Jennifer Schieler
Paul Tkach


Board of Education Representatives

District 87 | Elizabeth Fox Anvick
Unit 5 | Barry Hitchins




Unit 5 | Dr. Kristen Weikle
District 87 | Dr. Barry Reilly



Michelle Lamboley
Dr. Diane Wolf
Karen O’Shea
Trisha Warner



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If you have a passion to help educators inspire students, and the ability to share your time and talents, Beyond the Books would like to discuss the possibility of becoming a Board Member. Please contact us to convey your interest.  We look forward to visiting with you.