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)

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Peter Gerardi (2018-2021)

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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.

Brian Nallenweg (2018-2021)

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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)

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Todd Swanson (2018-2021)

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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


Sue Gillerlain

BPS 101 Communications Manager


Beth Walker, Administrator

Beth has lived in Batavia for 17 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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