Each of our board members serves a minimum 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.
Jen Bartels (2019-2022)
Jen and her husband RJ have lived in Batavia for 14 years. They have two sons- Drew (class of 2022) and Alex (class of 2028). Before staying at home to raise her two kids she worked at the Naperville Area YMCA for 15 years serving in many different leadership roles. Her last position as Executive Director for the Oswego Family YMCA and the Safe and Sound Program located in every Naperville elementary school in the district. Jen has been an active volunteer for Hoover-Wood School, Batavia Boosters and for the various sports leagues her sons have participated in. Jen is excited to start her role as a BFEE Board Member to give back to the community that has given her and her family so much.
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 as past 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.
Mary Anne Callahan (2019-2022)
Mary Anne, her husband and three children have lived in Batavia since 2008. Her daughter attends RMS and her twin boys attend AGS. Mary Anne continues to be an active volunteer in the community as well as at AGS since her boys started school. She served on the AGS PTO for four years. She looks forward to supporting students and teachers while on the BFEE board and serving her community in her new role.
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 live in Batavia as do her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Marcie is excited that her grandson will start school next year at AGS where she taught for 18 years before retiring. Besides serving on the BFEE Board, Marcie volunteers at the Interfaith Food Pantry, at Fox Valley Special Recreation and is a member of Batavia Women’s Club. Marcie wonders how she ever had time for a full time job!
Erin Meitzler (2017-2020) Vice Chair
Erin and her husband, Elliot, have lived in Batavia since 2013 with their five children. Erin has served in various volunteer capacities within BPS101, including past PTO President at HC Storm Elementary School. Currently, Erin serves as the BIC Co-Chair and the Vice Chair of BFEE and is a member of the BPS101 Board of Education.
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!
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 fourth 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.
Melissa Walthers (2019-2022)
Melissa and her husband, Michael, have lived in Batavia since 2015. All three of their children attend Hoover-Wood Elementary School where Melissa is an active volunteer and currently serving her third term as Communications co-Chair on the PTO board. Melissa is passionate about supporting the educational journey of both students and teachers and looks forward to doing so as a member of the BFEE board.
Lindsey Williams (2018-2021) Treasurer
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. She currently holds the Treasurer position on the Board.
Jan Wright (2016-2019) Chairperson
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
Ashley moved to Batavia in 2013 with her husband and two young sons. One of her sons is currently attending HC Storm, where she volunteers regularily. Ashley also volunteers her time with the Chip In and Studio - Batavia Visual Arts Boosters. She enjoys being able to serve the entire BPS community through BFEE.