April 2016 OEF Trustees
Okemos Education Foundation Board of Trustees
The OEF is governed by an all-volunteer board of trustees, people who are passionate about high-quality education and about Okemos students.
Trustees are selected from the community and are asked to serve at least one 2-year term.
2017-2018 Board of Trustees
Deborah Baughman, Awards Chair
Karen Brown, Assistant Treasurer
Rodney Ellis, Alumni Chair
Sue Hallman, Banquet Chair
Martha Hentz, Board Chair
Michelle Mitchell, Secretary and Banquet Co-Chair
Shruti Nandani, Grants Chair
Ron Styka , Vice Chair
Joanna Wangerin, Treasurer
Sarah Wohlford, Publicity Chair and Board of Education Representative
Alena Zachery-Ross, Superintendent
Yitian (Tina) Zhuang
Robert Miller, Jr., CPA
OEF Trustee Responsibilities and Expectations
- Ensure that the mission, vision and values of the OEF are carried out in board actions.
- Serve at least one 2-year term.
- Be a positive and well-informed ambassador for the OEF by conveying the OEF’s mission within the community.
- Actively participate in board meetings, which are held monthly, generally on the 3rd Thursday of the month, starting at 6:30pm. The OEF relies on the wisdom, expertise, and creativity of each Trustee to carry out its mission; therefore, it requests that Trustees miss no more than 2 board meetings per year.
- Actively participate in at least one OEF committee (Development, Awards, Publicity, Finance, Grants, Administrative).
- Attend and volunteer at the OEF Awards Banquet and other OEF events.
- Make a personal financial contribution to the OEF annually and actively help with fundraising.
- Address conflicts of interest appropriately and honor the confidentiality of any donor information.
- Help recruit new board members.
- Respect and appreciate the diversity of ideas and individual backgrounds of other board members.
The Okemos Education Foundation adheres to the following Non-Discrimination Policy, which is renewed annually by the full Board of Trustees:
It is the policy of the Okemos Education Foundation to provide equal membership/ employment/service opportunities to all eligible persons in compliance with state and federal guidelines. There shall be no discrimination against any applicant or employee because of age, color, disability (handicap), sex, height, marital status, national origin, race, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, veteran status, weight, or any other reason prohibited by applicable laws.
Deb Baughman, Tonya Rodriguez, and Angela Wilson
Cathy Ash and Marna Wilson
Ron Styka, Michelle Mitchell, Dean Bolton, Punya Mishra and Smita Sawai
Dante Ianni, Ron Styka, Deb Baughman
Cathy Ash, Dean Bolton, Minesh Mody
Sue Hallman, Martha Kliebert, Aly Boggs-Smitley
Pratin Trivedi, Smita Sawai, Deb Baughman, Sarah Wohlford
Not pictured: Kim Midgley and Michelle Mitchell
Ron Styka, Rod Ellis, John Bjorkquist (OHS science teacher, retired)
Ron Styka, Deb Baughman, Karen Brown