About Us

About Us – Manatee Education Foundation

Mary Glass - President

Mary Glass
President

Susan DeWitt - Events Coordinator

Susan DeWitt
Events Coordinator

Alisha Watterson - Office Administrator

Alisha Watterson
Office Administrator

Organization

The Manatee Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1988, which provides indirect support to the Manatee County School District through a variety of programs that benefit students and teachers. The Foundation acts as a liaison between the private sector and the public school system providing avenues for business, industry and community involvement in public education. Our mission is accomplished by addressing key issues and needs within the public education arena, and presenting effective, efficient and accountable opportunities for the private sector to support quality public education.

Mission

The mission of the Manatee Education Foundation is to provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County Public Schools beyond allocated state dollars.

Goals

The goals of the Foundation are to:
 Collaborate with community, civic and business leaders to support educational opportunities and programs.
 Provide supplemental funding for creative and innovative educational programs which cannot be funded through traditional resources.
 Motivate, encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by teachers and students in K-12 education.

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Executive Committee

Ms. Jackie Barron (Chair)
Mosaic Company

Mr. Harry Kinnan
Community Representative

Mr. Gary Huggins
NDC Construction Company

Mr. Mark Freeman (Vice Chair)
ME&S General Contractors

Mr. Ross Hodges
Premier Community Bank

Board Members

Mr. Greg Banach
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ms. Samantha Cummins
Williamson Dacar Associates, Inc.

Mr. Kim French
Willis Smith Construction

Ms. Mary Glass
Manatee Education Foundation President

Mr. Charles (Chuck) Johnson, III
Blalock Walters, P.A.

Mr. Jeff Podobnik
Pittsburgh Pirates

Mr. Paul Sharff
Early Learning Coalition

Ms. Sarah Colandro
Fawley Bryant Architecture

Mr. Vernon DeSear
Manatee Memorial Hospital

Mr. Bob Gause
Gause and Associates

Dr. Scott Hopes
SDMC Board Chairman

Mr. Tom Peacock
Gilbane Building Company

Ms. Cynthia Saunders
SDMC Superintendent

Dr. Robin Thompson
SDMC Director of Early Learning

Board Members Emeritus

Ms. Linda Agresta
Community Representative

Dr. Warren Simonds
Community Representative