The Education Foundation of the Summit, formerly the Summit Education Foundation, has selected three new board members to help continue the organization’s mission to raise funds for innovation and creativity in Summit School District.
Gary Moore and Karen-Jo Dolamore were recently chosen to join the board of directors, as well as new treasurer Kyle Spencer from 1stBank. Members of the Education Foundation of the Summit board of directors are volunteers who represent different communities in the county. The board is responsible for reviewing all requests for funding, and ensuring funds are equally distributed.
In a prepared statement, Chairman Brad Piehl said these individuals “bring something unique to the board. What they have in common is a passion for education and great enthusiasm for the community.”
Laura Johnson, communications director, said board members find a specialty and take on certain projects that appeal to them. The chairman meets with potential new members and then that individual usually attends a meeting to get a sense of the job, Johnson said.
Moore holds a master’s degree in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Human Resources. He also has an associate’s degree in practical theology. Before coming to Colorado, Moore was a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet as well as performing with several other companies.
“My forte is the creation of multi-disciplined, across-the-curriculum educational projects, fund raising and grant writing,” he said in the announcement.
Moore was a faculty member of the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center and served the next 25 years in public education, earning multiple national and international awards. He won Disney’s American Teacher Award (Performing Arts), USA Today’s All-USA Teacher Team, Toyota’s International Teacher Fellowship and the Council for Basic Education/National Endowment for the Arts “Arts in Education” Fellowship.
Dr. Karen-Jo Dolamore is a retired veterinarian originally from New York. She previously owned a general and multi-specialty hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. Dolamore has also written columns for the Summit Daily News where she answers pet questions, and is currently a real estate agent at Omni Real Estate.
“I’ve always had a special interest in job-shadow learning, which incorporates a strong link between schools, career mentors and internships,” she said.
All funds raised by Education Foundation of the Summit go directly to supporting innovation in public school programs — creativity, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and innovative classroom technology.
The Education Foundation of the Summit recently held a forum on school fundraising as well, in order for parent leaders to network and learn tips on writing and winning grants, as well as sharing successful fundraising ideas.
Kristen Stewart from the Vail Resorts ECHO program and Nell Bailey of Climax Molybdenum Company shared their thoughts on how to best tap into grant money. This was the second-annual meeting the organization held among parent organizations that raise money for schools.
Piehl said it is important to support school PTSA/PTSO organizations because they raise needed funds for everything from field trip transportation to classroom materials.
“We feel like the PTSAs are a really important component of fundraising for the schools, so it made sense to meet and network with them,” Johnson said. “We talked a lot about upcoming events and how we can help promote them.”
The Education Foundation of the Summit is currently starting a winter fundraiser which will go to support innovative teacher grants in the spring and high school scholarships.