About Us

A Foundation for Tomorrow

Our goal is to give $2 million in grants by our 30th anniversary in 2021. In 1991, a visionary group of leaders created REF to fill gaps created by school funding shortfalls by providing funds for classroom and community projects. In its first 20 years, REF awarded $1 million in grants to hundreds of projects and programs that enhance learning in our community.

2018-2019 Trustees

The REF Board of Trustees are volunteers who raise funds and award grants to teachers, administrators, students and community leaders to enrich learning in our community. The Board meets bimonthly August through June.

Bobbie Blanton

Bobbie Blanton

Chair, Trustee

Duncan Purvis

Duncan Purvis

Secretary, Trustee

Jeremy Amshey

Jeremy Amshey

Trustee

Nancy Jesko

Nancy Jesko

Trustee

Amy Vancil

Amy Vancil

Vice Chair, Trustee

Jill Silverman

Jill Silverman

Executive Director

Sandy Buchanich

Sandy Buchanich

Trustee

Kelsey Schultz

Kelsey Schultz

Trustee

Scott Gerhardt

Scott Gerhardt

Treasurer, Trustee

Brian Kraus

Brian Kraus

Past Chair, Trustee

Jenn Davis

Jenn Davis

Trustee

Not Pictured

George Carroll

Trustee

Kelli Rose

Trustee

Chris Gervat

Trustee

Mary Kay Shaver

Trustee

Leslie Poot

Trustee

Dr. Michael Shibler

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent, Ex Officio

Geoffrey L. Downs

Rockford Public Schools Board of Education Representative, Ex Officio

Terry Hibdon

Rockford Public Schools Teacher Representative, Ex Officio

Board of Trustees

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

– Warren Bennis