Letter From The Collaborative President – Elizabeth Chan

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

Dear Design39Community,

Our partnership has been amazing! These past two years have been my honor and privilege to serve as your President of The D39C Collaborative. Our collective support so generously enhanced our students’ learning environment, both in and out of the classroom, through physical education, music, and so much more. Grants supported professional development opportunities for LEDs, additional counseling hours as well as intriguing explorations and deep dives. Student Enrichment clubs expanded this year — sustained by over 100 dedicated parent and student volunteer coaches. Events like Experience39, Golf39, Amazing Race39, Press Play, and Livin’39/D39Campout drew our community in to connect in unique ways.

Parents had multiple opportunities to learn more about matters close to their hearts. Lead39 students took an even more active role this year organizing campus-wide functions for both students and their families. We are extremely fortunate to have devoted volunteers who give so much of their time, talent, and treasure day-after-day to make this school year incredible!

With my term coming to an end, I want to give a special THANK YOU to our parent Board members who also completed their tenure: Jay Schirmacher (Director of Technology & Innovation), Mary Jane Abalos (Treasurer), Rui Zhang (Director of Student Enrichment), and Eric Gasser (Vice President). Thanks also to Annie Tremmel (Volunteer Chair) who will continue on as our SpiritWear Chair and to Bret Fitzpatrick for his LED perspective on the Board.

Please join me in congratulating the 2018-2019 Board of Directors who were elected at the April Board meeting. Believe it or not, many of these awesome individuals are already actively planning for next school year, even though their term does not start until July 1st. I highly encourage you to reach out in partnership to those listed below using this link and dream big! It’s never too late to get involved.

Executive Officers
President: Sai Narain (TK & 2nd)
Vice President: Maria Simpson (4th & 6th)
Treasurer: Jeralyn Johnson (Preschool & 1st)
Assistant Treasurer: Casey Meeter (K & 2nd)
Secretary: Krista Wolff (5th)

Directors
Ambassador39: Cheli Hanley (K, 3rd, 6th)
Ambassador39: Carrie Lozano (TK, 1st & 3rd)
Communications: OPEN
Community & Culture: Jennifer Files (5th)
Community & Culture: Shayna Kirschen Potash (K, 2nd & 4th)
Fundraising: Heather Wolfson (2nd)
Student Enrichment: Anitha Anand (4th & 8th)
Student Enrichment: Ashwin Mohan (2nd)
Technology & Innovation: Reshma Shanbhag (2nd & 4th)
At-Large 1: Jen Albers (2nd & 3rd)
At-Large 2: Elizabeth Chan (3rd & 5th)
At-Large 3: Michelle Kolker (1st, 4th, 7th)
At-Large 4: Jasmine Zunic (6th)
Principal: Joe Erpelding
LED 1: Camie Dyess (2nd & 4th)
LED 2: Stacey Lamb
LED 3: Cheryl Kaiser

As always, it’s been a absolute pleasure in getting to know so many of you. I look forward to continuing our work to elevate humanity at Design39Campus. The future is a place we create — together.

Yours in service,
Elizabeth Chan

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