Ravenswood Elementary School. Credit: Mike Fourcher
The objectives of Friends of Ravenswood School are growing, and so is the organization’s board. During elections held this past Tuesday night at the school (4332 N. Paulina St.), at-large board members were added to help carry out initiatives such as grant writing, community engagement and a new “buddy” program that will pair current families with incoming parents to welcome them to the school and show them the ropes.
Wendy Vasquez and Cornelia Grumman were elected co-presidents of FORS, Joanne Kiley is vice-president, Anita Stottrup is treasurer and Patrick Tucker is secretary. Chosen as at-large board members: Ingo Soeding, Erik Graves, Natalie Waechter, Rachel Koning-Beals and Larry Levy.
Both Vasquez and Grumman boast non-profit management experience: Vasquez as executive director of Ravenswood Community Services
and Grumman, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her editorial writing at the Chicago Tribune, as executive director of the First Five Years Fund