Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

Board of Directors

Each of our board members serves a three-year term.  Our members bring varied backgrounds and talents to the table with the focused goal of helping the children and teachers in the Batavia School District.


Amy Biancheri (2016-2019)

Amy Biancheri has been an English teacher at Batavia High School since 2003 and is currently President of the Batavia Education Association.  She is also on the district's Strategic Goal Planning Team and co-chairs the BPS Joint Appraisal Committee and Curriculum and Assessment Committee.  She has lived in Batavia since 2008 with her husband John and three children, who are now at Rotolo, BHS, and in college.

Cindy Castle (2017-2020)

Coming Soon

Catherine Fitch (2011-present)
Catherine, her husband and two sons have lived in Batavia since 2000. Her oldest is in the class of 2016 and her youngest is in the class of 2019. She has been an active volunteer in their classrooms, chaired various committees and served as co-president of the Hoover-Wood PTO. She wanted to become involved with BFEE's mission when she saw first hand the positive impact it made at their school.

Karen Holden (2013-2018)

Karen and her family have lived in Batavia since 1999.  She has three     children, a freshman at Batavia High School, a 7th grader at Rotolo Middle School and a 4th grader at Grace McWayne Elementary School.  Karen is a former chemical engineer who has been a stay at home mom for the past 8 years and has served as co-President and Secretary of the Hoover-Wood School PTO.  She has also been an active volunteer in her children's classroom, a member of CANDO, and chair of the annual fundraiser for her son's Boy Scout troop.  Karen joined the Foundation board because she believes in the value of education and wants to help support and enrich the education of Batavia students.

Sue Locke (2016-2019)

Sue, her husband and two sons have lived in Batavia since 2008.  She has been active in the PTO, volunteering in the coummunity and currently serves on the Board of Education for the Batavia Public School District 101.  She is a small business owner and is proud of the work BFEE has done to promote the Incubator program and all the other great works the Foundation supports.  

Marcie Lucas (2017-2020)

Marcie and her husband, Mark live in West Chicago.  They have 6 children, two of whom live in Batavia along with their daughter-in-law and grandson.  Before retiring in 2017, Marcie taught fourth grade at Alice Gustafson School for 19 years.  Since retiring, Marcie works as a volunteer at the Interfaith Food Pantry and Northern Illinois Food Bank.  She can also be found the second Wednesday of every month at Inclusion Game Night at the Batavia Public Library.  Marcie is looking forward to serving on such a well-respected board that serves the students of Batavia so richly.

Erin Meitzler (2017-2020)

Erin and her husband, Elliot, have lived in Batavia since 2013 with their five children.  The Meitzler children attend school at RMS, HC Storm and the ECC.  Erin has served in various volunteer capacities within BPS101, most recently as the PTO President at HC Storm and BIC Co-Chair.  She also spent several years in the Human Resources field serving as a SHRM certified Chicagoland HR Manager within school districts.  

Ashley Murtaugh (2016-2019)

Ashley moved to Batavia in 2013 with her husband and two young sons.  One of her sons is currently in the BPS101 Early Childhood Program, where she volunteers regularly.  Ashley also voluteers her time with the AGS PTO, Chip In and Studio - Batavia Visual Arts Boosters.    She is looking forward to be able to serve the entire BPS coummunity through BFEE.

Cara Newkirk (2017-2020)

Cara and her husband, Brad, have lived in Batavia since 2001.  They have twins who are currenlty 7th graders at Rotolo Middle School.  Cara has a strategic marketing consultancy that serves clients in the food ingredients industry.  She has enjoyed sharing her talent and volunteering as a coach for the Entrepreneurship program at BHS.  Cara is looking forward to serving the community and is excited to support education in Batavia.

Jamie Saam (2016-2019)

Jamie has been a resident of Batavia for over 20 years and a lifelong Bulldog since 5th grade.   Jamie is the Executive Director for Batavia MainStreet, the nonprofit organization focused on downtown revitalization, through programs and events such as the Batavia Farmers' Market, Batfest, the Downtown Block Party, and more.   She also serves on the Aurora Area Convention and Vistors Bureau Board as the representative for Batavia and is an active member of the Batavia Kiwanis Club.  Jamie and her husband, Douglas, have two kids in BPS101 and own Bulldog Plumbing Inc in Batavia.  She is grateful for the work BFEE does through granting to innovative thinkers and projects in our district and is excited to be part of the team.

Jan Wright (2016-2019)

Jan and her adult son, Colin, have lived in Batavia since 2001.  She married long-time Batavia resident in 2013 and lives with him on the east side of town.  Jan worked for Batavia schools for 16 years as an Assistant Superintendent and as principal of Alice Gustafson Elementary School.  She is now retired and volunteers for various organizations in the community.  She is excted about continuing her service to Batavia Schools through her work with BFEE.

Dr. Lisa Hichens

BPS 101 Superintedent


Sue Gillerlain

BPS 101 Communications Manager


Beth Walker, Administrator

Beth has lived in Batavia for 16 years and has two children at Batavia High School.  She has a business adminstration degree from North Central College.   Beth has been an active volunteer in the school district, currently serving her fourth year as the president of Studio-Batavia Visual Arts Boosters.  She is a fabulous asset to the Foundation and can help you with anything you need.

Where to Find Us:

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
 P.O. Box 1003
 Batavia, IL  60510


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