Board of Directors

2020/2021 CFSD Foundation


Celia Bavier

Meg Belen

Heather Blakely

Julie Bowden

Kim Bourn

Tanya Buffalo

Jodi D'Amore

Michaela Gaither

Elena Gerasimovich

Rebecca Gordon

Marla Handler

Board of Directors


Melinda McNeilus, President

Laurie Seder, Recording Secretary

Mika Cole, Treasurer

April Golden, Communications

Lori Lundberg-Leung, Fundraising

Mary Kamerzell, ex officio

Carole Siegler, ex officio

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Katie Hicks

Becca Hudgens

Karry Jackson

Alexis Moore

Roxan Olivas

Brenda Pinto

Jean Popham

Meghan Reinold

Georgia Thu

Bill Tong


Letter from the President

Dear Fellow CFSD Parents,


I am proud to be the president of the CFSD Foundation! We raise supplemental funds to attract, develop and retain excellent teachers throughout the district. As a parent of three CFSD students our mission resonates with me and I support it one hundred percent!


Our donation goal for 2020-2021 is $150,000. Donations received directly fund district programs that support teacher development and training and impacts every student at each grade level. Imagine the even greater impact we could make in each classroom if we surpass our goal.

There is no element in a child's school day that has a greater impact on their educational experience than their teacher.  In fact, recent studies show that teacher quality is even more important than class size. Excellent teachers lead to an excellent education!

We hear regularly how state funding for education has been consistently reduced and how Arizona ranks at the bottom of funding per student in the nation.  Despite these deep cuts, CFSD is a nationally renowned education system that we should be very proud of. For continued success, we need your financial support to offset the deep funding reductions from the state.

Please help us exceed our goal for this year!  Your donation will be gifted directly to the district to support teachers. Donate online through our secure site at We are a 501(c)3 organization so donations are tax-deductible and can be employee matched, if available through your employer.

We are lucky to have a team of dedicated district leaders, teachers, and parents working together to ensure our students succeed!  Our students are receiving world class education and are becoming lifelong learners. I look forward to seeing you this year as we all make CFSD the best place for our students!

Kindest Regards,

Melinda McNeilus

President and Volunteer

CFSD Foundation

Parent of an 12th, 10th, and 4th grader