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.

 

Lori Biddle (2018-2021)

Lori, her husband Tom and three children, 2 boys in college (both BHS graduates) and daughter who is in second grade at LWS have resided in Batavia for many years.  Lori moved to Batavia just before her freshman year.  She has been active in various activities though LWS, RMS, BHS and now retiring as President of the Batavia Bulldog Boosters.  Lori is looking forward to working on the BFEE board and continuing their many successes.

Marge Brown (2018-2021)
Marge began her teaching career in 1975 at Alice Gustafson School teaching 2nd grade.  Throughout the years, she has taught 1st through 4th grade as well as preschool at New Horizons Preschool.  Retirement in 2013 brought many changes and many new opportunitues.  Currently, Marge is an enthusiastic volunteer for Fox Valley Food and Health and many Batavia organizations.  Marge and her husband, Dave, a 4th generation Batavian, met in Batavia (at what was the "little" Jewel food store, located where Panera now is) over 30 years ago and have lived here ever since.  They raised their children here and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, creating fun childhood memories.  Marge is looking forward to serving on BFEE where she can continue to support and enrich education in our Batavia community.  She enjoys giving back to the community that has given her so much.

Cindy Castle (2017-2020)

Cindy and her huband, Lyle, moved to Batavia in 2000.  They have owned a food service software company for over 30 years.  Cindy retired from teaching at CUSD200 in Wheaton in 2017.  They are parents to two adult children (both teacher!) and are blessed with 8 grandchildren!  Education is very important to Cindy and BFEE offers the opportunity to support the teachers and students of BPS101!

Peter Gerardi (2018-2021)

Peter and his wife, Ann, have lived in Batavia since 1996 when they moved here becuase of the school district's reputation.  They have one graduate of BHS and a current sophomore at BHS. They have enjoyed watching them grow into young adults with the help of the great educators across the district.  As a frequent volunteer to various community activities, Peter looks forward to helping others in this capacity.

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 BHS, RMS, and HC Storm.  Erin has served in various volunteer capacities within BPS101, including past PTO President at HC Storm and currently serves as the BIC Co-Chair and the Music Buffs Vice President for RMS.  Additionally, Erin voluntters at Batavia Main Street.  Erin 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.

Brian Nallenweg (2018-2021)

Brian and his wife, Jennifer, are long-time residents of Batavia.  They have two children - Brittany (class of 2004) and Matthew (class of 2021).  Brian is a retired Batavia Police Officer.  He now works for Batavia School District as a Tech Support Specialist.  Brian has previously served as treasurer for AGS PTO.  Currently, he is treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 12.  He and his family are regular volunteers at Hesed House in Aurora and are members of Bethany Lutheran Church.   Brian is excited to follow in the footsteps of the awesome BPS residents who have previously served on the BFEE board!

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.

Glenda Peck (2018-2021)

Glenda, along with her husband, Bill, have lived in Sugar Grove since 2010.  Their first home was in Batavia where they started their family and lived for 10 years.  Bill was a 1969 BHS graduate, and Esther, her mother-in-law, taught at McWayne and HC Storm for many years.  In 1981, Glenda was excited to become the art teacher at HC Storm and then 13 year later moved to AGS to continue her teaching career at forth grade for 19 years.  2010 brought retirement and many changes.  She is now involved with the Quilts of Valor Foundation as well as being very active at her church.  The best part of retirement is having more time for the grandkids as well as her 3 adult children and their spouses.  Batavia has always been home to the Pecks and Glenda is looking forward to serving the community and children through her involvement in BFEE.

Emily Shimizu (2018-2021)

Emily moved to Batavia in 1996 when her husband accepted a teaching position at NIU.  She has three boys who attend Batavia Public Schools.  While her boys were at AGS, Emily regularly volunteered to assist classroom teachers and special education teachers.  Currently, Emily uses her time and talents to support the disablities ministries at her church in Wheaton.  She is grateful for the opporuntiy to serve as a member of BFEE.

Todd Swanson (2018-2021)

Todd is entering his 26th year of teaching in Batavia.  All of these years teaching 4th and 5th grades at JB Nelson and Hoover-Wood.   Todd is moving to Louise White School to be an interventionist and provide classroom support in instruction and assessment.  He is also beginning his tenture as President of th Batavia Education Association, which affords him the opportunity to serve on the BFEE board of director.  Todd and his wife, Lisa, live in North Aurora and have three children.  One son is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University.  Their other son is attending NIU and their daughter is a senior at West Aurora High School.  Todd is thrilled to work tih an organization whose focus is doing what is best for kids and recognizing execellence in education.  

Lindsey Williams (2018-2021)

Lindsey is a lifelong Tri-City resident and has lived in Batavia with her husband since 2011. They have one son who attends HC Storm School.  Lindsey and her husband own a handyman business and she is also a very active volunteer, including the Storm PTO, Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Batavia MainStreet, and Batavia Apartments.

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 and as Chairperson of the organization.

Dr. Lisa Hichens

BPS 101 Superintedent

Ex-Officio

Sue Gillerlain

BPS 101 Communications Manager

Ex-Officio

Beth Walker, Administrator

Beth has lived in Batavia for 18 years and has two children, a college student and a junior 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 fifth 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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