We are an independent, non-profit, community-based organization developed to support innovation and excellence in education. We do this by funding grants for teachers and staff within the Franklin Public Schools.
Board of Directors
2020 - 2021
Dr. Pandora Carlucci, Co-President
Roberta Trahan, Co-President
Harsha Gurumurthy, Treasurer
Richard Rollingcross, Secretary
The Franklin Education Foundation was founded in 1997 by Peggy Yanuskiewcz, Vicki Coates and Pandora Carlucci, with assistance from Dr. Richard Warren, Superintendent of Schools.
Since 1997, FEF has funded hundreds of grants totaling over $400,000. These grants have touched students at all levels from the early childhood development center through the high school.
Our major fundraising event is the annual BEE. For six years, the spelling bee was all the rage. In 2004, BEE FRANKLIN launched our first ever TRIVIA BEE. The format remained the same--49 teams of three people competed in seven rounds for the right to advance to the championship round. Themed teams, costumes, and friendly competition abound in the quest for the coveted BEE Cup. It is a lively and memorable annual community event!
Our all-volunteer board of directors is made up of parents, teachers and business leaders in Franklin who are dedicated to ensuring a high quality of education for the children in the Franklin public school system.
None of the innovative programs that benefit the students and community could be possible without the financial support of area businesses, organizations and groups. We are entirely dependent on the generosity of team sponsorships, financial donations, and in-kind donations.
Past Members of the Board
Volunteers have joined the Board and served terms of varying lengths. Here are the past Members of the Board organized by the year they first joined.
1997 - Establishing Board
Rev. Dadgie Scott
Dr. Richard Warren (ex. officio)
Bobbi Tayne Gerlits
Mary Regina Bennett
Dr. David Crisafulli (ex. officio)
Linda Miller Foster
Dr. Maureen Sabolinski
Dr. Anne Bergen
Ann Marie Criscione
Dr. Kit Brady
Ann Marie Van de Geisen
Glenn F. Jones
Dr. Sara Ahern (ex. officio)
Thomas Broyles (Student Liaison)
Denise Spencer (SC Liaison)