Mission

The Skaneateles Education Foundation (SEF) through its partnership with the community seeks to enrich the educational experience of every student in the Skaneateles Central School District.

Our Vision

SEF fulfills this mission by engaging the community through charitable contributions to supplement state and local funding with the goals of enriching the curriculum, inspiring educational innovation and creating possibilities for the students of SCS.

Our People

The Board of Directors is comprised of parents, teachers and community members who share a common interest in assuring the best possible education for children in our community. Several are SCS alumni and former faculty members. All have committed their own financial support to the Foundation and its mission.

Board Members

  • Kelly Leahy, Ed.D

    Board President

    Dr. Kelly Leahy moved to Skaneateles in the summer of 2017, and is the third generation in her family to make Skaneateles home. She lives in Skaneateles Village with her partner Andy and their three children: one at Skaneateles Middle School, ...

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    Dr. Kelly Leahy moved to Skaneateles in the summer of 2017, and is the third generation in her family to make Skaneateles home. She lives in Skaneateles Village with her partner Andy and their three children: one at Skaneateles Middle School, one at Waterman Elementary, and one who is vying for World's Cutest Baby. She is an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communication. Kelly’s career has focused on educational media and technology, and she has worked on many highly lauded educational media products at PBS, Nickelodeon, iCivics, and Discovery (among others). She has served on a range of volunteer governing and advisory boards/panels focused on digital learning, including the White House, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

  • Kathleen Witter '95

    Vice-President; Program & Grants Committee Chair

    Kathleen grew up in Skaneateles and after living in Boston for a period after college, she has been back in the area since 2010. Kathleen and her husband, Chad, graduated in 1995 from Skaneateles High School. They have three girls - Celia, ...

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    Kathleen grew up in Skaneateles and after living in Boston for a period after college, she has been back in the area since 2010. Kathleen and her husband, Chad, graduated in 1995 from Skaneateles High School. They have three girls - Celia, Isabel and Lillian. Kathleen does marketing research and consulting for a firm called HawkPartners, which is based in Boston.

  • Erica Barnes Thomas

    Secretary; Marketing & Communications Committee

    Erica, her husband Stephen, and their two children (SCS class of ’25 and ’33) moved to Skaneateles in 2016, drawn, in large part, by the exceptional school system and amazing sense of community. Prior to Skaneateles, the family lived in the Washington, D....

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    Erica, her husband Stephen, and their two children (SCS class of ’25 and ’33) moved to Skaneateles in 2016, drawn, in large part, by the exceptional school system and amazing sense of community. Prior to Skaneateles, the family lived in the Washington, D.C. area for nearly 18 years. Professionally, Erica spent more than 20 years as a financial/marketing consultant and business development executive for the Advisory Board Company, based in Washington, D.C. “Retiring” from her role last year, Erica is thrilled to have the opportunity to dig into the wonderful Skaneateles community and to give back through positions with the Skaneateles Vincent House Guild Board, as well as the Board of Managers at our YMCA & Community Center.

  • Gary Campbell

    Treasurer; Finance & Legal Committee Chair

    Gary and his family have been Skaneateles residents since 2004. Their eldest, Raenah, is pursuing her B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences at Drexel, class of 2022. Their son Matheu, class of 2021, and youngest daughter, Maya, class of 2029, attend Skaneateles schools. Gary’s ...

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    Gary and his family have been Skaneateles residents since 2004. Their eldest, Raenah, is pursuing her B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences at Drexel, class of 2022. Their son Matheu, class of 2021, and youngest daughter, Maya, class of 2029, attend Skaneateles schools. Gary’s wife, Rhonda Gall-Campbell, teaches sixth grade Science and Social Studies in the Southern Cayuga School District. Gary holds a B.Sc. Electrical & Computer Engineering and is currently reading for an MBA in finance. He has functioned in various capacities in the primary metals, power generation, downstream petrochemical and bio-pharma chemical industries, as well as in the design and construction of several greenfield sites and their subsequent operations. Gary’s is currently developing his consultancy with a core focus on the comprehensive optimization of business management and technical processes within small, medium and micro enterprises. Being native to the Caribbean and having amazing firsthand experiences living in different cultures, the value, benefits and importance of community involvement, diversity and inclusion are of great significance to the Campbell family. Be it Matheu’s weekly classical piano performances at the senior living center, Rhonda’s teaching of faith formation classes at St. Mary’s, Raenah’s coaching with the “Philly Girls in Motion,” or Maya accompanying Gary with Lions’ Club citrus fundraiser deliveries, giving back to their community is of paramount importance. Gary is honored to be part of the outstanding team at the Skaneateles Education Foundation, and plans to continue the exceptional work that so many before us have undertaken.

  • Rich Allen

    Program & Grants Committee

    Rich has been a middle school and high school science teacher in the Skaneateles School District since 2000. In addition to Rich’s teaching assignments, he is actively involved with extracurricular activities including coaching the Skaneateles Modified Boys Basketball team and ...

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    Rich has been a middle school and high school science teacher in the Skaneateles School District since 2000. In addition to Rich’s teaching assignments, he is actively involved with extracurricular activities including coaching the Skaneateles Modified Boys Basketball team and acting as an advisor for the newly formed Solar Panel Club. Rich and his wife Ann, who is a special education teacher in the West Genesee School District, have been residents in the Camillus area for 25 years and have two children. Ryan is majoring in Business Management at St. John Fisher College, class of '22, and Christian is at West Genesee High School, class of ‘23. Rich has been fortunate to receive multiple grants through the SEF and the Jean Graham Fund. While serving on the SEF board, Rich’s mission is to educate teachers and community members on the benefits of applying for and receiving grants through the Foundation, which can lead to meaningful and enriching learning activities incorporated into the classroom.

  • Pamela Anastasio '91

    Program & Grants Committee

    Pam Anastasio is a ‘91 graduate of Skaneateles Schools, and has been teaching first and second grades at Waterman School since 2001. Pam and her husband Gary have two children who attend West Genesee Schools. Pam is past president and board member ...

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    Pam Anastasio is a ‘91 graduate of Skaneateles Schools, and has been teaching first and second grades at Waterman School since 2001. Pam and her husband Gary have two children who attend West Genesee Schools. Pam is past president and board member of the Split Rock Elementary PTO in the West Genesee district. While at Waterman School, Pam has led efforts to assist those in need in the Skaneateles community by organizing the annual “Soup”er Bowl, where students donate cans of soup to the Skaneateles Food Pantry during Super Bowl Week. She has also assisted Skaneateles Outreach in their donation programs at Waterman School. Pam and her family enjoy golfing and cheering on SU.

  • Jennifer Reschke Bolster

    Finance & Legal Committee

    Jennifer Reschke Bolster moved to Skaneateles with her kids, Avery and Benjamin, in the summer of 2017, drawn in large part to the beautiful, close-knit community and excellent schools. Jenn has spent the majority of her life in the Syracuse area, ...

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    Jennifer Reschke Bolster moved to Skaneateles with her kids, Avery and Benjamin, in the summer of 2017, drawn in large part to the beautiful, close-knit community and excellent schools. Jenn has spent the majority of her life in the Syracuse area, having grown up in Liverpool and is thrilled to have settled in Skaneateles to raise her kids. She attended SUNY Albany for her undergraduate studies and obtained her law degree from Boston College in 2003. She was in private practice for 13 years in Syracuse, where she focused on health law before becoming the Chief Integrity and Compliance Officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2018. She has counseled many not-for-profit organizations in a variety of capacities and is excited to share her expertise with Skaneateles Education Foundation.

  • Mary Buttolph

    Marketing & Communications Committee

    Mary has been a passionate photographer all her life. After a stint with the Forest Service studying salmon in the Pacific Northwest, she decided to switch careers and pursue the craft full time. Mary attended photography programs at RIT and ...

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    Mary has been a passionate photographer all her life. After a stint with the Forest Service studying salmon in the Pacific Northwest, she decided to switch careers and pursue the craft full time. Mary attended photography programs at RIT and then studied photojournalism at Syracuse University. Her education provided her a solid base of experiences on which to build a successful photography company, serving hundreds of clients in the eight years she has been in business. Mary has also had the opportunity to share her love for visual storytelling by teaching various courses at Newhouse at Syracuse University. Mary is extremely proud of the business she has built but her greatest project is raising her three beautiful daughters, Charlotte, Suzanne, and Victoria Rose, alongside her husband, Lee, in their 200-year-old farmhouse. In her free time, you will find Mary clumsily skiing with the family, napping by the lake or whipping up a fabulous dinner that her kids almost never eat. She hopes to one day tame her yard well enough to have a huge garden and maybe a few chickens.

  • Sophia Cattalani '21

    Student Representative; SEF Student Advisory Council

    Sophia is a member of the class of 2021 at Skaneateles High School. She moved with her parents and brother to Skaneateles from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts just in time for her to begin the first grade at Waterman. Since then Sophia ...

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    Sophia is a member of the class of 2021 at Skaneateles High School. She moved with her parents and brother to Skaneateles from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts just in time for her to begin the first grade at Waterman. Since then Sophia has been a dedicated student and participated in an abundance of extracurricular activities. She is the president of Skaneateles’ Tri-M chapter, plays trumpet in the jazz band, is a member of National Art Honors Society, a member of National Honors Society, participates in all of our school theatrical productions, be it on or off stage, as well as helping out the Middle School with their shows. Sophia is grateful for her chance to work with the SEF, as she has benefitted from their generosity and hard work throughout her time in the district. She hopes that by being a student chair, she will do a service to her peers and community by serving as a bridge between the foundation and the student body. Sophia is confident that Skaneateles students have great ideas for the SEF and cannot wait for them to be heard.

  • Michelle Ederer

    Program & Grants Committee

    Michelle Ederer resides in Skaneateles and has lived in the district for six years. She and her husband, Jon, have two children, both enrolled at State Street Intermediate School. She is President of the Skaneateles Elementary Parent Teacher Committee and ...

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    Michelle Ederer resides in Skaneateles and has lived in the district for six years. She and her husband, Jon, have two children, both enrolled at State Street Intermediate School. She is President of the Skaneateles Elementary Parent Teacher Committee and has served on the board for the past four years in various roles. Michelle graduated from South Jefferson Central School in Adams, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Science degree in Pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Michelle completed her Physician Associate degree from Yale University School of Medicine. She most recently earned her Doctor of Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg. Her doctoral thesis, “Comparing Mindfulness-Based Interventions with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Youth with Anxiety Disorders,” was recently accepted for publication. Michelle has practiced family medicine, school-based health, emergency medicine, urgent care, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatrics. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics. Currently, Michelle practices as a Physician Assistant at WellNOW Urgent Care in Fairmount, New York. She is a Past President for the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and served as Governmental Affairs Chair, Secretary, and President-elect. She has chaired numerous committees and is an active member of the Scholarship Committee. Ederer is a former House of Delegates Representative for the American Academy of Physician Assistants. As the Academic Coordinator for the Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program, Michelle led the program’s transition to a web-based learning platform. As a Board Member she will utilize her healthcare, grant-writing, and teaching experience to focus on instructional technology, curriculum development, improving the health, safety, and wellness of students and procurement of art and educational grants to benefit academic enrichment opportunities for the district. Michelle hopes that her broad experience will allow her to continue to advance excellence in education for all Skaneateles students and best serve our community.

  • Molly Elliott '94

    Development & Fundraising Committee

    Born and raised in Skaneateles, Molly is 5th generation from a family that loves and appreciates the beauty of this town. After graduating from Skaneateles High School in 1994 and attending Potsdam University, she returned home to Skaneateles where she is ...

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    Born and raised in Skaneateles, Molly is 5th generation from a family that loves and appreciates the beauty of this town. After graduating from Skaneateles High School in 1994 and attending Potsdam University, she returned home to Skaneateles where she is now happily married and raising 3 beautiful children with her husband Tom. They feel fortunate to be involved in their community, raising their children in a charming, family-oriented atmosphere. With more than 17 years of experience selling real estate here, Molly is knowledgeable about what Skaneateles has to offer, not the least of which is this outstanding school district which she is eager to give back to through her work with the Foundation.

  • Shannon Gardner

    Finance & Legal Committee

    Shannon Ryan Gardner and her family have been residents of the Skaneateles School District since 2009. She and her husband David have two children in the schools, Darby (class of 2026) and Connor (class of 2028). Shannon has been teaching as a member ...

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    Shannon Ryan Gardner and her family have been residents of the Skaneateles School District since 2009. She and her husband David have two children in the schools, Darby (class of 2026) and Connor (class of 2028). Shannon has been teaching as a member of the faculty of Syracuse University College of Law since 2010. Prior to that, she was a practicing attorney in Los Angeles, California, for 15 years, including many years as a federal prosecutor. Shannon enjoys supporting our schools and, over the last several years, has served as an Odyssey of the Mind coach, as a Faith Formation instructor at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, and in other capacities. Her husband, David, a retired Army officer, is a substitute teacher in the Skaneateles School District.

  • Mark McSwain, MD. FAAP, FACP

    Finance & Legal Committee

    Dr McSwain and his wife Teresa moved to Skaneateles in 2003 and he has been in private internal medicine and pediatrics practice since that time. He has 4 daughters who have attended Skaneateles Central Schools to include his oldest who graduated in 2020. ...

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    Dr McSwain and his wife Teresa moved to Skaneateles in 2003 and he has been in private internal medicine and pediatrics practice since that time. He has 4 daughters who have attended Skaneateles Central Schools to include his oldest who graduated in 2020. He received his BS from Virginia Military Institute where he graduated 1st in his class. He then attended Duke University School of Medicine where he graduated in 1994. He completed a 4-year residency program in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine from University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He did serve as a Captain in the Army Reserves Medical Corps. More recently he founded the Urgent Care of Auburn and served as its medical director until 2020. He is also the occupational medicine director for Auburn Hospital. Mark has previously served as the chairman of the department of family practice at Auburn Community Hospital and on the executive committee of the hospital. He has also served on the board for Holy Trinity Preschool and has been a soccer coach for Skaneateles Youth Soccer.

  • Nancy R. Murray

    Program & Grants Committee

    Nancy Murray is a longtime resident of Skaneateles. She raised 6 children here who attended Skaneateles Schools. Nancy gives back to this community in so many ways; she is actively involved at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, the American ...

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    Nancy Murray is a longtime resident of Skaneateles. She raised 6 children here who attended Skaneateles Schools. Nancy gives back to this community in so many ways; she is actively involved at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, the American Legion and Auxiliary, tutoring high school students, and more. Nancy has supported SEF since its early days and looks forward to further supporting its mission as a board member.

  • Allison Olley '94

    Development & Fundraising Committee

    Allison Olley is a Skaneateles CSD alumna and proud public school teacher. She studied in Germany before and during college and worked on a Presidential Advisory Commission in Washington DC before moving back to the Syracuse area. She has three ...

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    Allison Olley is a Skaneateles CSD alumna and proud public school teacher. She studied in Germany before and during college and worked on a Presidential Advisory Commission in Washington DC before moving back to the Syracuse area. She has three sons who have attended public school in the City of Syracuse and Skaneateles Districts.

  • Tara Colvin Page

    Marketing & Communications Committee

    Tara loves to design. She is a freelance designer with 20+ years of design experience at advertising agencies, a package design boutique, and in-house marketing departments. She has designed projects for brands such as Welch Allyn, ADT, Crayola, Craftsman, Vaseline Intensive ...

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    Tara loves to design. She is a freelance designer with 20+ years of design experience at advertising agencies, a package design boutique, and in-house marketing departments. She has designed projects for brands such as Welch Allyn, ADT, Crayola, Craftsman, Vaseline Intensive Care, Syracuse Stage, Kwikset, Food Bank of CNY and the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY. She is excited to work with SEF on a marketing and communications strategy, and to help the foundation develop a creative design concept and brand. Tara and her husband, Michael, moved to Skaneateles in 2011. Their son Christopher will graduate with the class of 2023.

  • Scott Persampieri

    Program & Grants Committee

    Scott has been an educator for 27 years, 24 of which have been in New York State. He began his teaching career as a social studies teacher in Corona Queens in New York City, before moving on to teach in Massachusetts and ...

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    Scott has been an educator for 27 years, 24 of which have been in New York State. He began his teaching career as a social studies teacher in Corona Queens in New York City, before moving on to teach in Massachusetts and then back to New York State where he was a tenured social studies teacher in Westchester County, NY. Scott’s administrative career began in Somers, NY where he worked as a middle school Assistant Principal, before his promotion to the position of Director of Personnel and Instructional Services. Most recently, Scott served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources with the White Plains City School District located just outside of New York City. In his current position as Director of Recruitment and Selection in the Syracuse City School District, Scott has collaborated with his administrative colleagues to ensure that recruitment efforts are fully aligned with the District’s Strategic Plan in general, and specifically, with the emphasis on recruiting, developing, supporting, and retaining the most effective, diverse staff.

  • Ethan Pickup '22

    Student Representative; SEF Student Advisory Council

    Ethan Pickup has lived in Skaneateles his entire life and will graduate from Skaneateles High School with the Class of 2022. Ethan is an active member of many school clubs and sports teams, he is the representative for the Class of 2022 ...

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    Ethan Pickup has lived in Skaneateles his entire life and will graduate from Skaneateles High School with the Class of 2022. Ethan is an active member of many school clubs and sports teams, he is the representative for the Class of 2022 on the School Improvement Team, and he was the Class Treasurer in his sophomore year. Both of Ethan’s siblings attend Skaneateles Central Schools, and his father is a history teacher at the high school.

  • Kate Ryan '03

    Development & Fundraising Committee

    Kate Ryan grew up in Skaneateles and is a 2003 graduate of Skaneateles Central School. Kate went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a concentration in Event Planning from Niagara University. Kate worked as ...

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    Kate Ryan grew up in Skaneateles and is a 2003 graduate of Skaneateles Central School. Kate went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a concentration in Event Planning from Niagara University. Kate worked as a school travel coordinator before she and her husband, Travis (also a graduate of SCS) moved back to the area to raise their three sons. She looks forward to continuing to grow with her boys and give back to this wonderful community.

  • Karen Tallerico

    Development & Fundraising Committee Chair

    Karen Tallerico, her husband, Brian, and their children, moved to Skaneateles from Wyoming in the summer of 2018. During her time in Wyoming, Karen served as a trustee for the Lincoln County School District (LCSD#2) Board of Education, Secretary for LCSD ...

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    Karen Tallerico, her husband, Brian, and their children, moved to Skaneateles from Wyoming in the summer of 2018. During her time in Wyoming, Karen served as a trustee for the Lincoln County School District (LCSD#2) Board of Education, Secretary for LCSD Education Foundation, and as President and Vice President for the elementary PTO. Karen earned her Master of Education from National Lewis University and then went on to be trained as a Reading Recovery Specialist at Ohio State University. Wanting to get involved with her new community and following her passion for education, Karen joined the Skaneateles Education Foundation and is pursuing her goal of giving back.

  • Julia Wamp

    Development & Fundraising Committee

    Julia and her husband, Michael, have 3 children: Nick SCS class of ’20 and Colgate University class of 2024, Max, class of ’21, and Elizabeth, class of ’22. Mike and Julia moved to Skaneateles in 2003 from New York City where Julia gave up her career ...

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    Julia and her husband, Michael, have 3 children: Nick SCS class of ’20 and Colgate University class of 2024, Max, class of ’21, and Elizabeth, class of ’22. Mike and Julia moved to Skaneateles in 2003 from New York City where Julia gave up her career in commercial real estate investment banking to focus on raising their family. Julia has followed her children through their academic career by serving various roles from Treasurer of the Skaneateles Nursery School, to President of the Skaneateles Elementary PTC, to President of the Skaneateles Middle School PTC, and currently, Treasurer of the Skaneateles High School PTC. Mike and Julia founded the Alive! Foundation, Inc. in 2010 to promote cancer survivorship by funding programs for cancer survivors that focused on staying well, such as yoga, personal training, and massage therapy. Julia ran the foundation until 2015 when she decided to focus her energy on her very active family. Additionally, Julia has served as facilitator of the Pastoral Council at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church and has filled many roles on various sports booster organizations.

  • Ezra Wegbreit

    Program & Grants Committee

    Ezra Wegbreit is an educator and a parent of three children in the District. His older daughter is a fifth grader, and his twins are first graders. Ezra is a psychology professor at Cazenovia College and has lived in Skaneateles ...

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    Ezra Wegbreit is an educator and a parent of three children in the District. His older daughter is a fifth grader, and his twins are first graders. Ezra is a psychology professor at Cazenovia College and has lived in Skaneateles since moving to the area five years ago. He has also served as an assistant and head coach for the Skaneateles Youth Soccer Organization. Originally from a small town in rural southwestern Virginia, he went to public schools and attended Virginia Tech, where he obtained bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy, magna cum laude. Ezra then completed a PhD in experimental psychology at Northwestern University. Before moving to New York, Ezra conducted postdoctoral research fellowships studying children and adults with mood and attention disorders at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harvard Medical School, and Brown University Medical School. He is excited to join the Education Foundation and contribute to the academic success and personal growth of all Skaneateles’ students, faculty, and staff.

District Liaisons

Ex officio/Committee Volunteers

  • Connie Bohrer '82

    Jean Graham Fund Committee Chair; SCS Class of 1982

    Connie Coyne Bohrer is a native of Skaneateles and a 1982 graduate. After teaching and consulting for Arlington County Public Schools in Arlington, Virginia, Connie returned to New York State to complete her Master’s in Literacy Education with Syracuse University. ...

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    Connie Coyne Bohrer is a native of Skaneateles and a 1982 graduate. After teaching and consulting for Arlington County Public Schools in Arlington, Virginia, Connie returned to New York State to complete her Master’s in Literacy Education with Syracuse University. She began teaching at State Street School in 1994 and since then has taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. Connie currently serves as a Reading Specialist for grades 3-6. She enjoys spending time traveling with her three children; Calvin, Emma, and Maddie, who are all SCS graduates.

  • Cristy Winkelman '80

    Alumni Committee Chair, SCS Class of 1980

    Cristy was born and raised in Skaneateles and is a 1980 graduate of Skaneateles Central Schools. She is currently working as a licensed real estate salesperson and as a customer service specialist at HABA USA in Skaneateles. Cristy has worked in ...

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    Cristy was born and raised in Skaneateles and is a 1980 graduate of Skaneateles Central Schools. She is currently working as a licensed real estate salesperson and as a customer service specialist at HABA USA in Skaneateles. Cristy has worked in retail for over thirty years, beginning right here in Skaneateles. She previously worked for Ralph Lauren for fourteen years before leaving Florida with her infant daughter to return to family, friends and the much stronger school system Skaneateles has to offer. Cristy serves as the secretary and co-treasurer of the Dwight W. Winkelman Foundation. Her daughter will be a 2022 graduate of SCS.

Staff

  • Heather Carroll

    Executive Director

    Heather and her husband, Tim, have four daughters, Classes of ’21, ’22, ’24 and ‘27, all of whom attend Skaneateles Central Schools. When the girls were little, Heather served as president, treasurer and historian of Moms & Kids Childcare Cooperative. As they grew up, ...

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    Heather and her husband, Tim, have four daughters, Classes of ’21, ’22, ’24 and ‘27, all of whom attend Skaneateles Central Schools. When the girls were little, Heather served as president, treasurer and historian of Moms & Kids Childcare Cooperative. As they grew up, Heather moved up with them, serving as Elementary PTC Vice President for one year and President for two. Heather chaired the committee that raised money for and built a new playground in 2015 at the State Street Intermediate School. Heather served on the board of the Skaneateles Education Foundation as Chair of the Fundraising Committee for 3 years and was hired part-time in 2015 as the foundation’s Executive Director. Outside of work, Heather and Tim enjoy entertaining in their turn-of-the-century Mandana Barn. Renting the barn as a venue for weddings and donating the space for fundraisers has become a family business that keeps them busy from mid-May through mid-October.

  • Amy Chabot

    Administrative Assistant

    Amy Chabot, a Central New York native, has two boys attending the Skaneateles Central Schools and with her husband, Stephen, has lived in Skaneateles since 2003. Amy earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting and her Masters of Business Administration at St. ...

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    Amy Chabot, a Central New York native, has two boys attending the Skaneateles Central Schools and with her husband, Stephen, has lived in Skaneateles since 2003. Amy earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting and her Masters of Business Administration at St. Bonaventure University. She has been the treasurer at Holy Trinity Preschool in Skaneateles since 2012, and works part-time at the Galbato Law Firm in Auburn in addition to other part-time accounting work. Amy served on the board of the Elementary PTC and worked on the State Street School playground project in 2015.

Annual Report

For stories about SEF grants and impact in the district, please download and review the annual reports below.

Financials

2018-19 Financial Statement

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, the Foundation had revenues of $93,807 and expenditures of $84,666. The largest sources of revenue are $10,318 from contributions, $68,939 from fundraising events and $14,645 from investment income. The largest components of expenses are grants to other organizations in the amount of $31,281, salaries of $25,066 and fundraising expenses of $12,412.

Net Assets are defined as the Organization’s assets less its liabilities. For the year ended June 30, 2019 net assets were $221,412 consisting of $193,308 with donor restrictions, and $28,104 without donor restrictions. Net Assets with donor restrictions consist of temporarily restricted and permanently restricted net assets.

The Foundation maintains a conservative fiscal policy, balancing long-term sustainability of the organization while providing meaningful grants, leveraged to achieve the greatest good for District students and donor dollars.

For a comprehensive look at SEF’s financial breakdown and expenditures, please download and review the 990 reports below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Skaneateles Education Foundation?

    The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 which raises funds through events and contributions to support the pursuit of excellence for every student in the Skaneateles Central School District. Its principal purpose and goal is to supplement though not supplant, state and local public funding. Its efforts are solely directed at enhancing the quality of education, by strengthening the curriculum and expanding the resources available to students and faculty in the Skaneateles Central School District.

  • Why do we need an education foundation?

    There exists a growing gap between what public funds provide and what the Skaneateles school system needs to remain at the forefront of excellence. During times when the school district receives less state funding, and monies needed to research and develop the best curricular programs are not available, our students will seamlessly continue to receive the quality education which each parent and member of this community expects. The Foundation directs its efforts and the grants it makes to help bridge that gap in the hope that each student is afforded equal opportunity to reach his or her academic potential.

  • Who runs the Foundation and decides how the money gets spent?

    The Foundation has a 19-member Board of Directors that governs the operations and business of the Foundation. Within the Board, there are specific committees that review all grant applications and make recommendations to the Board for approval of grant expenditures.

  • What are the types of things that the Foundation will not pay for?

    • Faculty/Staff salaries and benefits
    • Support of sports teams and equipment
    • General capital improvements
    • Building and grounds operations and maintenance
    • Ongoing transportation expenses
    • Routine purchases of equipment and supplies
    • Support of current curriculum, programs and projects
  • If I give to the Foundation, how will my money be used?

    Donations will be used to enhance the educational experience of students and teachers through creative initiatives and programs, new learning tools and methodologies. Although it is not necessary to achieve them all, grant proposals funded by the Foundation will receive favorable consideration when they achieve a high percentage of the following Foundation objectives:

    • Serve as an opportunity for enrichment that cannot be funded through the normal school budget
    • Demonstrate innovative approaches or methodologies
    • Are consistent with the Skaneateles Central Schools curriculum and NY State DOE standards
    • Serve as an effective pilot for possible future programs
    • Include a method of assessing the project’s effectiveness
    • Offer the possibility of continued impact for more than one year
    • Encourage and facilitate student and other educator feedback
    • Offer expanded opportunities for application in other curricula and use by other educators
    • Anticipate, encourage, or reflect the expanded use of technology
    • Encourage partnership with other funding sources
    • Impact as many students as possible
  • How does the Foundation differ from the PTC?

    Both organizations are complementary and dedicated to improving the learning experience of students in the Skaneateles School District, yet there are significant differences in how they achieve their goals and generate resources to accomplish their distinctive missions. The Education Foundation takes a broader approach to fundraising by soliciting support from all community residents, regardless of whether they have children currently attending school, as well as seeking support from the business community and   private foundations. In addition, the Foundation board is comprised of community members who may or may not have children attending the schools yet are passionate about the role education plays in the community and the world beyond. The programs that the Foundation supports through grants span all grades and academic disciplines, and include campus-wide curricular initiatives that benefit all students.

  • How can I get involved with the Foundation other than through a donation?

    The Foundation welcomes volunteers on many committees and advisory groups. If you are interested in serving on a fundraising committee, or have a specific area of interest or expertise to share with the Board, please contact SEF’s Executive Director.

  • Are there other education foundations like the Skaneateles Education Foundation?

    Nationally, there are 4800 education foundations, many of which have been making a difference in their local communities for two decades. In New York State, there are estimated to be more than 100, with most having started in recent years. Locally, there are foundations supporting Ithaca, Fairport, Westhill, Fayetteville-Manlius, ESM, North Syracuse and Syracuse City schools.

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  • Can I specify how my money will be used?

    The most powerful way you can support the Foundation is through an unrestricted gift. Donations can be earmarked to the following funds:

    • Fund for Greatest Priority
    • STEM Fund
    • Jean Graham Fund
    • Endowment Fund
  • Can I put the Skaneateles Education Foundation in my will?

    Yes, donors may include the Skaneateles Education Foundation as a designated beneficiary of a bequest. It is recommended that this be done with advice of counsel.

  • Does the school district have any say in how the money gets spent?

    The Foundation maintains an open and collaborative relationship with the Board of Education and the SCSD Administration. However, the Foundation will have final approval on all grants and funds expended.

  • If I give to the Foundation, can I deduct it on my income taxes?

    Yes, in accordance with IRS regulations for charitable gifts to a 501(c)(3) organization.

  • Can I designate my gift in tribute of someone?

    A donation to the Foundation in honor or in memory of someone special will be recognized on our website and in our annual report. Please designate your gift as such on the donor form or online payment.

  • Can I designate the Education Foundation in my United Way contribution?

    Giving to the Foundation through regular deductions from your paycheck to the United Way is a powerful and easy way to make a contribution. You can designate the Skaneateles Education Foundation when you fill out your United Way pledge card.

  • Who can apply for grants from the Foundation?

    Any faculty, administrator, or staff member of the Skaneateles Central Schools may apply for a grant. Applicants must submit a completed application, available on the website or through the Foundation office. The Foundation accepts Lightning Grant/Common applications on a continual basis. Application dates for larger grants are March 1st, July 1st, and November 1st.

  • What are the Foundation’s administrative expenses?

    The Foundation employs a part-time executive director and a very part-time hourly administrative assistant. The Foundation utilizes office space, internet and phone service in the middle school free of charge. Nominal expenses are incurred for marketing and office functions. The design of our logo and website has been generously donated by Mindshare LLC. It is the duty of the Foundation to responsibly spend all donations and to keep any incurred costs for administrative and fundraising activities at a minimum.

  • What is the history of SEF and how did it get started?

    The Skaneateles Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational support foundation, convened its first meeting in November 2008. The original impetus for such an organization resulted from the efforts of Irene Stafford (President of the Board of Education) and Philip D’Angelo (Superintendent of the Skaneateles Central School District) to create a support foundation established primarily to help students demonstrating extenuating circumstances and need. That organization had first been called the Skaneateles Extended Learning Fund (SELF), and it received seed funding as the result of a gift from the SCS Class of 1951 and other individual gifts.

    SELF has now become the Skaneateles Education Foundation with an expanded mission, new by-laws, and a Board of Directors comprised of twenty community members, including retired SCS faculty, SCS alumni, and two current SCS faculty members. The Superintendent of Schools serves as SCS Liaison to the Foundation Board. A seed grant from the Allyn Foundation has helped to cover initial administrative expenses.

    The Class of ’51 gift, and other contributions made to SELF, were entrusted to the Foundation and a formal fund-accounting system was established to assure strict adherence to the restrictions accompanying the original gifts. The Foundation Board approved new Bylaws and a new Mission Statement. A committee structure was put into place: Finance and Legal, Marketing and Public Relations, Development and Fundraising, Program and Grants, and Needs-based Grants. These committees prepared and implemented Program and Needs-based Grant Guidelines and Applications, as well as other organizational policies and procedures.

    In the summer of 2009, the Foundation conducted three events to speak with community leaders and get feedback on its mission and intentions. These “focus groups” provided valuable information and counsel to the Board as it moves forward to fulfill its mission.

    The Foundation is deeply indebted to all those persons who comprised the Board of SELF, the initial interim Foundation Board, and to those professionals who contributed good counsel, energy, and time to both organizations in the formative period.